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The epic of Gilgamesh : the Babylonian epic poem and other texts in Akkadian and Sumerian

Author: Andrew George
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2003.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Reprinted with minor revisionsView all editions and formats
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"Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world's oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh's adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew George
ISBN: 0140449191 9780140449198
OCLC Number: 1001244064
Language Note: Translated from the Akkadian.
Notes: This translation originally published: London: Allen Lane, 1999.
Description: liv, 228 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: The standard version of the Babylonian Gilgamesh epic : 'He who saw the deep' --
Babylonian texts of the early second millennium BC --
Babylonia texts of the late second millennium BC, from sites in Babylonia --
Babylonian texts of the late second millennium BC, from sites outside Babylonia --
The Sumerian poems of Gilgamesh.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Responsibility: translated with an introduction by Andrew George.

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"Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world's oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh's adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, The Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind's eternal struggle with the fear of death. The Babylonian version has been known for over a century, but linguists are still deciphering new fragments in Akkadian and Sumerian. Andrew George's gripping translation brilliantly combines these into a fluid narrative and will long rank as the definitive English Gilgamesh."--Back cover.

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