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Epic of Gilgamesh : An English Version with an Introduction - 72 edition

Epic of Gilgamesh : An English Version with an Introduction (ISBN10: 014044100X; ISBN13: 9780140441000)
ISBN13: 978-0140441000
ISBN10: 014044100X

Summary: The Epic of Gilgamesh, which dates from the third millennium BC, is one of the finest surviving epic poems in world literature.

Miraculously preserved on clay tablets deciphered only in the last century, the cycle of poems collected around the character of Gilgamesh, the great king of Uruk, tells of his long and arduous journey to the Spring of Youth, of his encounters with monsters and gods and of his friendship with Enkidu, the wild man from the hills. A ...show morelso included in the epic is a legend of the Flood, which agrees with many details in the biblical story of Noah. As a mixture of pure adventure, morality and tragedy, the story of Gilgamesh and his futile search for immortality transcends the barriers of time, for it revolves around fundamental forces and human problems common throughout the centuries. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 72
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 12/28/1960
International: No

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128 pp., map ; 21 cm. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. "Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortal ...show moreized 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." - Publisher. ...show less
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