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Epic Of Gilgamesh, The : Penguin Classics - Andrew George

Epic Of Gilgamesh, The

Penguin Classics


Published: 3rd September 1998
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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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Map of the Ancient Orientp. 6
The History of the Epicp. 7
The Discovery of the Tabletsp. 9
The Historical Backgroundp. 13
The Literary Backgroundp. 17
The Hero of the Epicp. 20
The Principal Gods of the Epicp. 23
The Storyp. 30
Survivalp. 44
The Diction of the Epicp. 47
Remarks on this Versionp. 49
Acknowledgementsp. 59
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Prologue: Gilgamesh King in Urukp. 61
The Coming of Enkidup. 62
The Forest Journeyp. 70
Ishtar and Gilgamesh, and the Death of Enkidup. 85
The Search for Everlasting Lifep. 97
The Story of the Floodp. 108
The Returnp. 114
The Death of Gilgameshp. 118
Glossary of Namesp. 120
Appendix: Sourcesp. 126
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ISBN: 9780140441000
ISBN-10: 014044100X
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 3rd September 1998
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 1