The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin Classics)

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This poem centres around the character of Gilgamesh, the great king of Uruk, and his futile quest for immortality. It recounts his journey to the Spring of Youth, his encounters with monsters and Gods, and his friendship with Enkidu, the wild man of the hills.

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This edition provides a prose rendering of The Epic of Gilgamesh, the cycle of poems preserved on clay tablets surviving from ancient Mesopotamia of the third mi llennium B.C. One of the best and most important pieces of epic poetry from human history, predating even Homer's Iliad by roughly 1,500 years, the Gilgamesh epic tells of the various adventures of that hero-king, including his quest for immortality, and an account of a great flood similar in many details to the Old Testament's story of Noah. The translator also provides an interesting and useful introduction explaining much about the historical context of the poem and the archeological discovery of th e tablets.

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Andrew George is Reader in Assyriology at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Honorary Lecturer at the university's Institute of Archaeology. He has published extensively on Babylonian literature and religion.

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