The Epic of Gilgamesh

Front Cover
N. Sandars
Penguin, 1972 - Literary Criticism - 127 pages
Miraculously preserved on clay tablets deciphered only in the last century, the cycle of poems collected around the character of Gilgamesh, the great king of Ukruk, tells of his long and arduous journey to the Spring of Youth, of his encounters with monsters and gods and of his friendship with Enkidu, the wild man from the hills. Also included in the epic is a legend of the Flood, which agrees in many details with the biblical story of Noah.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
7
4 stars
0
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
2

The Epic of Gilgamesh

User Review  - cappy30 - Overstock.com

An ancient story that I first discovered when I was teaching a high school honors English class. It was the title used to reverse the thinking of talented students in writing themes about literature ... Read full review

Good book

User Review  - jason901519 - Overstock.com

Good book this is a great piece of literature.... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

INTRODUCTION
5
The Discovery of the Tablets
7
The Historical Background
11
The Literary Background
15
The Hero of the Epic
18
The Principal Gods of the Epic
21
The Story
28
Survival
42
THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH
59
THE COMING OF ENKIDU
60
THE FOREST JOURNEY
68
ISHTAR AND GILGAMESH AND THE DEATH OF ENKIDU
83
THE SEARCH FOR EVERLASTING LIFE
95
THE STORY OF THE FLOOD
106
THE RETURN
112
THE DEATH OF GILGAMESH
116

The Diction of the Epic
45
Remarks on this Version
47
Acknowledgements
57
Glossary of Names
118
Sources
124
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1972)

N K Sandars has worked extensively in the fields of archaeology and prehistory and is a fellow of the British Academy. Her book of poems, Grandmother's Steps & Other Poems, was published in 2000.

Bibliographic information