The Epic of Gilgamesh
‘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... show more
‘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? From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
Publish date: December 30th 1972
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
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Series: Penguin Epics (#1)
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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.