In this second issue of ‘In Popular Culture’, I talk with Sabina Franke about the challenges and opportunities of bringing the Ancient Near East to public attention. She gathers the main conclusions from the workshop ‘The Future of Ancient Near Studies’ she organized on this topic, and shares her experiences teaching and telling about the Ancient Near East.
“I have to admit that it took me years to be able to understand more or less the basic ideas, concepts, and lines of thoughts in the ANE and to realize that it is perfectly OK to simplify and to tell the stories behind the text. As Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote: ‘Easy reading is damn hard writing!'”