Gilgamesh

The Epic Of Gilgamesh

The Epic Of Gilgamesh

Since the discovery over one hundred years ago of a body of Mesopotamian poetry preserved on clay tablets, what has come to be known as the Epic of Gilgamesh has been considered a masterpiece of ancient literature. It recounts the deeds of a hero-king of ancient Mesopotamia, following him through adventures and encounters with men and gods alike. Yet the central concerns of the Epic lie deeper than the lively and exotic story line: they revolve around a man’s eternal struggle with the limitations of human nature, and encompass the basic human feelings of lonliness, friendship, love, loss, revenge, and the fear of oblivion of death. These themes are developed in a distinctly Mesopotamian idiom, to be sure, but with a sensitivity and intensity that touch the modern reader across the chasm of three thousand years. This translation presents the Epic to the general reader in a clear narrative.

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Genre : Literary Criticism
Author : Maureen Gallery Kovacs
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Release : 1989
Total Pages : 122 Pages
ISBN : 0804717117


Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

In his thrillingly contemporary retelling of the world’s oldest epic, award-winning poet Derrek Hines brings us as close as we may ever come to re-creating the power it had over its original listeners more than four thousand years ago in the ancient Near East. Gilgamesh, the semi-divine ruler of Uruk, is a larger-than-life bully and abuser of his people. In order to tame the arrogant king, the gods create the wild and handsome Enkidu. But after Enkidu and Gilgamesh become fast friends, they defy the gods in a series of outsized adventures that brings Gilgamesh face to face with both loss and death itself. Hines energizes this timeless tale with vivid and electrifyingly modern images, from the goddess Ishtar cracking the sound barrier, to a battlefield nightmare of spectral snipers and exploding hand grenades, to the CAT-scan image of a dying friend. The themes of love and friendship, grief, despair, and hope had their first great expression in this story, and this dazzling new interpretation brings us into its thrall again.

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Genre : Poetry
Author : Derrek Hines
Publisher : Anchor
Release : 2009-03-25
Total Pages : 80 Pages
ISBN : 9780307527974


Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

Presents a verse narrative of the ancient Babylonian epic about love, death, loss, heroes, and friendship, including an historical essay on the original poem.

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Genre : Poetry
Author : Herbert Mason
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release : 2003
Total Pages : 129 Pages
ISBN : 0618275649


The Epic Of Gilgamesh

The Epic Of Gilgamesh

-- 15 original woodcut illustrations -- 18 photographs of ancient artifacts This edition aims to reanimate the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu for modern readers. The poetic rendition brings words to life through indelible images. A learned and lucid historical and cultural introduction fills in background for the narrative. An interpretative essay reviews the themes of Gilgamesh and their echoes in other literature. The total is a new edition that delights, informs, and stimulates readers to a new appreciation of this age-old tale.

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Genre : Poetry
Author : Danny P. Jackson
Publisher : Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Release : 1997
Total Pages : 100 Pages
ISBN : 0865163529


Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

Acclaimed literary historian Schmidt provides a unique meditation on the rediscovery of Gilgamesh and its profound influence on poets today. He describes how the poem is a work in progress even now, an undertaking that has drawn on the talents and obsessions of an unlikely cast of characters, from archaeologists and museum curators to tomb raiders and jihadis.

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Genre : History
Author : Michael Schmidt
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Release : 2019-09-24
Total Pages : 192 Pages
ISBN : 9780691195247


The Evolution Of The Gilgamesh Epic

The Evolution Of The Gilgamesh Epic

Special Features- Aims to show how The Gilgamesh Epic developed from its earliest to its latest form- Systematic, step-by-step tracking of the stylistic, thematic, structural, and theological changes in The Gilgamesh Epic- Relation of changes to factors (geographical, political, religious, literary) that may have prompted them- Attempts to identify the sources (biographical, historical, literary, folkloric) of the epic's themes, and to suggest what may have been intended by use of these themes- Extensive bibliography- Indices

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Genre : Literary Criticism
Author : Jeffrey H. Tigay
Publisher : Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Release : 2002
Total Pages : 384 Pages
ISBN : 0865165467


Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

Vivid, enjoyable and comprehensible, the poet and pre-eminent translator Stephen Mitchell makes the oldest epic poem in the world accessible for the first time. Gilgamesh is a born leader, but in an attempt to control his growing arrogance, the Gods create Enkidu, a wild man, his equal in strength and courage. Enkidu is trapped by a temple prostitute, civilised through sexual experience and brought to Gilgamesh. They become best friends and battle evil together. After Enkidu's death the distraught Gilgamesh sets out on a journey to find Utnapishtim, the survivor of the Great Flood, made immortal by the Gods to ask him the secret of life and death. Gilgamesh is the first and remains one of the most important works of world literature. Written in ancient Mesopotamia in the second millennium B.C., it predates the Iliad by roughly 1,000 years. Gilgamesh is extraordinarily modern in its emotional power but also provides an insight into the values of an ancient culture and civilisation.

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Genre : Poetry
Author : Stephen Mitchell
Publisher : Profile Books
Release : 2014-02-27
Total Pages : 285 Pages
ISBN : 9781847653833


The Epic Of Gilgamesh

The Epic Of Gilgamesh

This epic poem is the oldest known to exist in history, predating Homer's Iliad by about 1500 years. Gilgamesh, the hero, discovers he has godly blood, so sets out on a journey to the land of the gods in an attempt to gain entry. It is of ancient Sumerian origin, from the land called Mesopotamia. It is an important work for those studying ancient literature, history and mythology. This Babylonian version is one of the oldest known, if not the oldest. Later renditions are more common and seem to embellish the story, so this work is important for serious researchers. From the standpoint of literature alone, it is also an interesting tale that is enjoyable to read.

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Genre : History
Author : Morris Jastrow
Publisher : Book Tree
Release : 2003-01-02
Total Pages : 112 Pages
ISBN : 1585092142


The Epic Of Gilgamesh

The Epic Of Gilgamesh

Translated with an Introduction by Andrew George.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Andrew George
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2002-12-31
Total Pages : 228 Pages
ISBN : 0140449191


Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the lyricism that is lost in the earlier, almost scientific renderings. The principal theme of the poem is a familiar one: man's persistent and hopeless quest for immortality. It tells of the heroic exploits of an ancient ruler of the walled city of Uruk named Gilgamesh. Included in its story is an account of the Flood that predates the Biblical version by centuries. Gilgamesh and his companion, a wild man of the woods named Enkidu, fight monsters and demonic powers in search of honor and lasting fame. When Enkidu is put to death by the vengeful goddess Ishtar, Gilgamesh travels to the underworld to find an answer to his grief and confront the question of mortality.

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Genre : Poetry
Author : John Gardner
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2011-09-28
Total Pages : 320 Pages
ISBN : 9780307760821