The Epic of Gilgamesh: An English Verison with an Introduction

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Penguin, Dec 30, 1960 - Poetry - 128 pages
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‘I am Gilgamesh who seized and killed the Bull of Heaven, I killed the watchman of the cedar forest, I overthrew Humbaba who lived in the forest’ Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the third millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh’s grief and fear of death are such that they lead him to undertake a quest for eternal life. A timeless tale of morality, tragedy and pure adventure, The Epic of Gilgamesh is a landmark literary exploration of man’s search for immortality. N. K. Sandars’s lucid, accessible translation is prefaced by a detailed introduction that examines the narrative and historical context of the work. In addition, there is a glossary of names and a map of the Ancient Orient.
@UrukRockCity All the ladies want to get it on now that I’ve slain the demon. But I must decline. I’m a clean man these days.

I just can’t win with women. Before, nailing all the ladies was bad. Now I refuse to seduce, and the Gods send a giant bull to kill me?

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User Review  - alanteder - LibraryThing

I was intrigued to read a "closer to the source" edition of Gilgamesh after my recent discovery of Stephen Mitchell's "Gilgamesh: A New English Version" which is considered controversial as Mitchell ... Read full review

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User Review  - P_S_Patrick - LibraryThing

The oldest more complete version of the Epic of Gilgamesh can be traced to around 1300 BC, though it comes from an older written tradition of shorter works dating to around 2100 BC, and probably from ... Read full review


1 The History of the Epic
2 The Discovery of the Tablets
3 The Historical Background
4 The Literary Background
5 The Hero of the Epic
6 The Principal Gods of the Epic
7 The Story
8 Survival
9 The Diction of theEpic
10 Remarks on this Version

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