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The Epic of Gilgamesh - Anonymous, Andrew George
The Epic of Gilgamesh
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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... show more
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 Uta-napishti, 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. @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? From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140449198 (0140449191)
ASIN: 140449191
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 262
Edition language: English
Series: Penguin Epics (#1)
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Freda's Voice
Freda's Voice rated it
3.0 The Epic of Gilgamesh
Fascinating. While reading The Literature Book, I learned The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest recorded story of all time. That prompted me to find a free online copy to read. Being a bookworm, I had to read the oldest story and see what it was like. It was like reading a story from the bible. Thoug...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.5
It’s an ancient text so characterization and what not is vastly not what a modern reader is use to. That said, it is worth a read, and can be read rather quickly. Sanders seems to be correct because a reader who is familiar with the epics and heroes that come after can see the root here. It is, in s...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
5.0 The Epic of Gilgamesh: An English Verison with an Introduction
Part of the fascination of this book lies simply with reading one of the oldest surviving stories that goes back to the very beginning of civilization. I got these dates and comments regarding some of the earliest surviving written works from the Wiki: 800 BCE Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey 1440-14...
Henry Martin - Author of contemporary Literary Fiction
Henry Martin - Author of contemporary Literary Fiction rated it
4.0 The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh is a brief, albeit quite profound work of literature. In the interest of reading a translation as close to the original text as possible, I selected an edition translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs, published by Stanford University Press in 1989. I'm aware of other translations ...
A Realm Beyond Clouds
A Realm Beyond Clouds rated it
4.0
Need to reread, I feel that there are a lot thing I missed. Something reminded me of other mythology I had read, especially from Odyssey.
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