The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Translated by N. K. Sandars , By (author) Andrew George , Introduction by Andrew George , By (author) Richard Pasco


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Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh's grief and fear of death are such that they lead him to undertake a quest for eternal life. A timeless tale of morality, tragedy and pure adventure, "The Epic of Gilgamesh" is a landmark literary exploration of man's search for immortality.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 10mm | 140.61g
  • 25 Oct 1973
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • 1 b&w map, glossary
  • 014044100X
  • 9780140441000
  • 43,935

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N K Sandars has worked extensively in the fields of archaeology and prehistory and is a fellow of the British Academy. Her book of poems, Grandmother's Steps & Other Poems, was published in 2000.

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"The work of synthesis has been accomplished, and with a remarkable degree of tact and imagination.""--Times Literary Supplement"

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