RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 19263018 LA Translation of: Gilgamesh. T1 The epic of Gilgamesh A1 Kovacs, Maureen Gallery., PB Stanford University Press PP Stanford, Calif. YR 1989 SN 0804715890 9780804715898 0804717117 9780804717113 AB 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 man's eternal struggle with the limitations of human nature, and encompass the basic human feelings of loneliness, friendship, love, loss, revenge, and the fear of the oblivion of death. This new translation makes the Epic accessible to the general reader in a clear and complete a form.