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Gilgamesh

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Originally the work of an anonymous Babylonian poet who lived more than 3,700 years ago, The Epic of Gilgamesh tells of the heroic exploits of the ruler of the walled city of Uruk. Not content with the immortality conveyed by the renown of his great deeds, Gilgamesh journeys to the ends of the earth and beyond in his search for eternal life, encountering the wise man Uta-napishti, who relates the story of a great flood that swept the earth. This episode and several others in the epic anticipate stories in the Bible and in Homer, to the great interest of biblical and classical scholars. Told with intense feeling and imagination, this masterful tale of love and friendship, duty and death, is more than an object of scholarly concern; it is a vital rendering of universal themes that resonate across the ages and is considered the world's first truly great work of literature.


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I've studied it in the university. That's what's so good in studing literature, you must read things you'd never even heard of otherwise. It's a lovely story. The first story that was ever found, and everyone who loves literature must read it.

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Exactlywhat I was looking for ... an accurate translation of the text of the original tablets.Thank you.

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