Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

Translated From the S^in-leqi-unninni Version

Book - 1984
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The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the lyricism that is lost in the earlier, almost scientific renderings. The principal theme of the poem is a familiar one: man's persistent and hopeless quest for immortality. It tells of the heroic exploits of an ancient ruler of the walled city of Uruk named Gilgamesh. Included in its story is an account of the Flood that predates the Biblical version by centuries. Gilgamesh and his companion, a wild man of the woods named Enkidu, fight monsters and demonic powers in search of honor and lasting fame. When Enkidu is put to death by the vengeful goddess Ishtar, Gilgamesh travels to the underworld to find an answer to his grief and confront the question of mortality. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1984.
ISBN: 9780394537719
0394537718
Branch Call Number: 892.1 Gilga
Characteristics: ix, 304 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gardner, John 1933-1982.
Maier, John R.
Alternative Title: Gilgamesh. English.

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