The epic of Gilgamesh: the Babylonian epic poem and other texts in Akkadian and Sumerian

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Penguin Books, 1999 - Poetry - 228 pages
Originally the work of an anonymous Babylonian poet who lived more than 3,700 years ago, The Epic of Gilgamesh tells of the heroic exploits of the ruler of the walled city of Uruk. Not content with the immortality conveyed by the renown of his great deeds, Gilgamesh journeys to the ends of the earth and beyond in his search for eternal life, encountering the wise man Utanapishti, who relates the story of a great flood that swept the earth. This episode and several others in the epic anticipate stories in the Bible and in Homer, to the great interest of biblical and classical scholars. Told with intense feeling and imagination, this masterful tale of love and friendship, duty and death, is more than an object of scholarly concern; it is a vital rendering of universal themes that resonate across the ages and is considered the world's first truly great work of literature.

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Epic of Gilgamesh

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This story of Gilgamesh Babylonian King goes far beyond the monotheistic religions yet it seems as though the first set of traditions and rites were established by him. It is one of the greatest ... Read full review

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Just a must read for fans of literature, history (as this is one of the first stories to ever be written down)and stories with myth and legends. As all old stories, it is a story of good v evil, greed v generosity, love v hate, power v humanity, arrogance v humility. A must read Read full review

Contents

List of Figures
vii
Introduction
xiii
A Note on the Translation
liii
Map of the Ancient Near East
lix
Babylonian Texts of the Early Second Millennium bc
101
Babylonian Texts of the Late Second Millennium bc from
127
The Sumerian Poems of Gilgamesh
141
From Tablet to Translation
209
Glossary of Proper Nouns
222
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