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University of Chicago's Miguel Civil, top expert on ancient Sumerian, dead at 92

Jan 30, 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times

Miguel Civil was a linguistic time traveler. The University of Chicago professor was considered the world's leading expert on Sumerian, an ancient language of Mesopotamia.

"Nobody has understood Sumerian as well as Miguel Civil since the beginning of the second millennium B.C.," according to Chris Woods, director of the university's Oriental Institute, who said Mr. Civil was "the greatest living Sumerologist."

Mr. Civil died Jan. 13 at the University of Chicago Hospitals, accordin...