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    DescriptionSince the discovery over one hundred years ago of a body of Mesopotamian poetry preserved on clay tablets, what has come to be known as the Epic of Gilgamesh has been considered a masterpiece of ancient literature. It recounts the deeds of a hero-king of ancient Mesopotamia, following him through adventures and encounters with men and gods alike. Yet the central concerns of the Epic lie deeper than the lively and exotic story line: they revolve around a man's eternal struggle with the limitations of human nature, and encompass the basic human feelings of lonliness, friendship, love, loss, revenge, and the fear of oblivion of death. These themes are developed in a distinctly Mesopotamian idiom, to be sure, but with a sensitivity and intensity that touch the modern reader across the chasm of three thousand years. This translation presents the Epic to the general reader in a clear narrative.


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    Title
    The Epic of Gilgamesh
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804717113
    ISBN 10: 0804717117
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 41
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25790
    B&T Approval Code: A24400000
    DC22: 892/.1
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004010
    DC22: 892.1
    DC21: 899.951
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 2CSB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2CSB
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PJ3771.G5E, PJ3771.G5 E5 1989
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DCF
    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    01 September 1989
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
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    Since the discovery over one hundred years ago of a body of Mesopotamian poetry preserved on clay tablets, what has come to be known as the Epic of Gilgamesh has been considered a masterpiece of ancient literature. It recounts the deeds of a hero-king of ancient Mesopotamia, following him through adventures and encounters with men and gods alike. Yet the central concerns of the Epic lie deeper than the lively and exotic story line: they revolve around a man's eternal struggle with the limitations of human nature, and encompass the basic human feelings of lonliness, friendship, love, loss, revenge, and the fear of oblivion of death. These themes are developed in a distinctly Mesopotamian idiom, to be sure, but with a sensitivity and intensity that touch the modern reader across the chasm of three thousand years. This translation presents the Epic to the general reader in a clear narrative.
    Table of contents
    A note to the reader; A note on the translation; Introduction; The epic of Gilgamesh; Appendixes.