The Epic of Gilgamesh

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N. Sandars
Penguin, 1972 - Literary Criticism - 127 pages
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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.
 

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When I was a student teacher, I actually taught my students the Gilgamesh Epic. I used it to then go into the various creation and flood stories of various world religions. In fact, when I was in high ... Read full review

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It was interesting, but not my thing. I liked that it dealt a lot with dreams and how they are interpreted (or misinterpreted), because I know a lot of cultures hold dreams as a sort of communication power. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
The Discovery of the Tablets
9
The Historical Background
13
The Literary Background
17
The Hero of the Epic
20
The Principal Gods of the Epic
23
The Story
30
Survival
44
THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH
61
THE COMING OF ENKIDU
62
THE FOREST JOURNEY
70
ISHTAR AND GILGAMESH AND THE DEATH OF ENKIDU
85
THE SEARCH FOR EVERLASTING LIFE
97
THE STORY OF THE FLOOD
108
THE RETURN
114
THE DEATH OF GILGAMESH
118

The Diction of the Epic
47
Remarks on this Version
49
Acknowledgements
59
Glossary of Names
120
Sources
126
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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.

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