The Epic of Gilgamesh

Penguin UK
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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 3rd 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.
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About the author

N K Sandars has worked extensively in the fields of archaeology and prehistory and is a fellow of the British Academy. Her book of poems, Grandmother's Steps & Other Poems, was published in 2000.
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Publisher
Penguin UK
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Published on
Oct 25, 1973
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9780141907185
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Language
English
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Genres
Poetry / Ancient & Classical
Poetry / Epic
Poetry / General
Poetry / Middle Eastern
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 Regarded by many as the oldest major work of literature, the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ is an ancient Mesopotamian text recorded on stone tablets in the Akkadian language, concerning the adventures of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk. The first surviving version of this combined epic, known as the Old Babylonian version, dates to the 18th century BC, while the later and much longer Standard version dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents both versions of the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’, with multiple translations, related illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to the epic saga

* Concise introduction to the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’

* Images of how the epic was first written, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* OLD BABYLONIAN VERSION translated by Albert Tobias Clay and Morris Jastrow

* STANDARD VERSION translated by R. Campbell Thompson

* Also includes the first ever English translation of the epic by George Smith, appearing in THE CHALDAEAN ACCOUNT OF GENESIS

* Features Leonidas Le Cenci Hamilton’s poetic translation ISHTAR AND IZDUBAR

* Easily locate the sections and tablets you want to read with individual contents tables

* Three contextual books to aid your study of Assyrian and Babylonian literature, including Sayce’s seminal work BABYLONIANS AND ASSYRIANS, LIFE AND CUSTOMS

* Scholarly ordering of texts


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CONTENTS:


The Epic of Gilgamesh

BRIEF INTRODUCTION: EPIC OF GILGAMESH

OLD BABYLONIAN VERSION

STANDARD VERSION

THE CHALDAEAN ACCOUNT OF GENESIS

ISHTAR AND IZDUBAR


The Contextual Works

BABYLONIANS AND ASSYRIANS, LIFE AND CUSTOMS by A. H. Sayce

BABYLONIAN AND ASSYRIAN LAWS, CONTRACTS AND LETTERS by C. H. W. Johns

ASSYRIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY: A SOURCE STUDY by A. T. Olmstead


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