The Epic of Gilgamesh by Richard Pasco, N. K. Sandars, Andrew George (Paperback, 2003)

The Epic of Gilgamesh by Richard Pasco, N. K. Sandars, Andrew George (Paperback, 2003) The ancient Sumerian poem The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest written stories in existence translated with an introduction by Andrew George in Penguin ClassicsMiraculously 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 deathThe 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 If you enjoyed The Epic of Gilgamesh you might like Homer's Iliad also available in Penguin Classics'A masterly new verse translation'The Times'Andrew George has skilfully bridged the gap between a scholarly re-edition and a popular work'London Review of Books
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