The Tower of Babel


The (great) Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1563) Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images
The (great) Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1563) Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

An ancient people build a tower to touch the heavens. A vengeful god disrupts the project through the splintering of human language. Everyone’s left to pick up the pieces. The Tower of Babel myth resonates out from the Mesopotamian cradle of civilization, but what does it mean? Was there really a tower? Join Robert and Joe as they discuss everything from the art of Bruegel the Elder to “Snow Crash.”

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The (little) Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565)
The (little) Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565)
Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images
The Confusion of Tongues by Gustave Doré (1832)
The Confusion of Tongues by Gustave Doré (1832)
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Topics in this Podcast: archeology, history, mythology, language