The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in Akkadian and Sumerian

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Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as far as four thousand years, the poems of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world's oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh's adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. In addition to its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, The Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind's eternal struggle with the fear of death. The Babylonian version has been known for over a century, but linguists are still deciphering new fragments in Akkadian and Sumerian. Andrew George's gripping translation brilliantly combines these into a fluent narrative and will long rank as the definitive English Gilgamesh.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780140449198
Branch Call Number: 892.1 GIL 1999
Characteristics: lv, 228 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: George, A. R.

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