The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic: Introduction, critical by Andrew George

By Andrew George

The Babylonian Gilgamesh epic is the oldest lengthy poem on the earth, with a heritage going again 4 thousand years. It tells the attention-grabbing and relocating tale of Gilgamesh's heroic deeds and lonely quest for immortality. This publication collects for the 1st time the entire identified resources within the unique cuneiform, together with many fragments by no means released earlier than. The author's own examine of each on hand fragment has produced a definitive version and translation, entire with accomplished introductory chapters that position the poem and its hero in context.

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