The Epic of Gilgamesh

Author:
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141907185
Release Date: 1973-10-25
Genre: Poetry

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.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Author: N. Sandars
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 014044100X
Release Date: 1972
Genre: Literary Criticism

The poems about the great King of Uruk are prefaced by notes on their historical and literary background

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Author: Andrew George
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140449191
Release Date: 2002-12-31
Genre: Fiction

Translated with an Introduction by Andrew George.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

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

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.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Author: Nancy Katharine Sandars
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:1006048645
Release Date: 1964
Genre: Epic poetry, Sumerian


Gilgame

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:718316158
Release Date: 1960
Genre:


Odyssea

Author: Homerus
Publisher:
ISBN: BSB:BSB10233178
Release Date: 1820
Genre:


Gilgamesh

Author:
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781466885028
Release Date: 2014-11-11
Genre: Poetry

A new verse rendering of the great epic of ancient Mesopotamia, one of the oldest works in Western Literature. Ferry makes Gilgamesh available in the kind of energetic and readable translation that Robert Fitzgerald and Richard Lattimore have provided for readers in their translations of Homer and Virgil.

The World of Myth

Author: David Adams Leeming
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199878963
Release Date: 1991-01-24
Genre: Social Science

Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world, each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, the myths he presents speak of the most fundamental human experience, a part of what Joseph Campbell called "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure."