The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in Akkadian and Sumerian - Penguin Classics

Paperback (05 Dec 2002) | English

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Synopsis

The definitive translation of the world's oldest known epic, now updated with newly discovered material

Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as far as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, predates 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. This new edition of Andrew George's translation has been extensively revised to include recently discovered fragments and new sources.

Translated and revised with an introduction by Andrew George

'Our first recognisable epic poem. What is exhilarating, the more we learn of it, is how directly it speaks to us' Literary Review

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Book information

ISBN: 9780140449198
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 899.951
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Sales rank: 6207
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224g
Height: 196mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 19mm