Mythology & Folklore The Epic of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

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The longing stretch toward the infinite...the reluctant embrace of the temporal. This is the eternal lot of mankind. This is The Epic of Gilgamesh. Our revised 2nd edition of mankind's first epic features a lucid historical and cultural introduction by Dr. Biggs, a new interpretive essay on the themes of Gilgamesh by James G. Keenan and their echoes in other literature, and ancient world and original illustrations.

Though The Epic of Gilgamesh exists in several editions, this version has been undertaken with a very specific intent -- to remain faithful to the source material while attempting to convey the poetic scope of a work that is both lusty and tender and that retains the ability to arouse compassion and empathy in all who follow Gilgamesh on his journey. This edition aims to reanimate the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu for modern readers, bringing it new life through indelible poetic images.

For centuries the beginnings of the literary history of the West were defined by the Hebrew Bible--what most people call the Old Testament--and Homer's epic poems, the Iliad and Odyssey. These texts were once naively imagined to have come about in splendid isolation either as a miracle of divine creation or the spontaneous combustion of the ?Greek genius.? The mighty stream of words down over the millennia to our own time are so many generations of offspring still somehow beholden to their initial begetters. Thus do we construe Western Literature.

- from Ancient Epic Poetry Chapter 8: Gilgamesh

Charles Rowan Beye

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* Story Commentary
* Historical Notes
* Illustrated Introduction
* 15 Original Woodcut Prints
* 18 Photos

Also available:

Ancient Epic Poetry: Homer, Apollonius, Virgil With A Chapter On The Gilgamesh Poems - ISBN 0865166072
The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic - ISBN 0865165467

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This Deluxe Paperback edition aims to reanimate the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu for modern readers. The poetic rendition brings words to life in indelible images. A historical and cultural introduction provides the context for the narrative. The result is a new edition that delights, informs and stimulates readers to a new appreciation of this age-old tale. This edition contains extensive resources for the first-time reader: - Introduction by Dr. Robert D. Biggs of The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago - Highly engaging text that is both lusty and tender - Historical and literary overview - 18 ancient world illustrations and 15 original, 4-color woodcut prints - Glossary with pronunciation key.

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In his Introduction, Robert D. Briggs, The Oriental Institute of The University of Chicago, stated: I welcome this edition of The Epic of Gilgamesh for making accessible to modern readers the poetry and the drama, presented in heroic terms, of life, love, friendship, and finally, the recognition of the ultimate reality of human existence. It is one the great epic tales surviving from the ancient world of The-Land-Between-The-Two-Rivers, Mesopotamia, and though incomplete, reflects an ancient range of human experience and emotion not so far removed from our own.

Of his work in illustrating classical works of literature, Thom Kapheim (Illustrator) said: I have tried to create, from this rich source of literary art, new visions that in turn might cause one to contemplate and reflect. In this way I pay homage to those who go before me.

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