by John Gardner, John Maier
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Gilgamesh 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
GemmaAthena More than 1 year ago
The story of Gilgamesh is a timeless epic that deals with the universal theme of šimāt amēlūtim - the fate of mankind: death, amongst other topics. Civilisation versus natural man, the mourning of a friend, the fight against aggressors like the terrible Humbaba, and the Achillian desire to be known to history are just some of the elements explored in the text, providing an interesting look at life's hardest questions through the reflections of the ancient Mesopotamian mind. Regardless of which version (Babylonian, Akkadian, Sumerian), the Epic of Gilgamesh is a must read from the ancient world for any enthusiast of literature, archaeology, and/or philosophy. What stands out in this work of translation is the care taken by the translators in the tablet endnotes to explain the significance of a handful of terms from the original standard Akkadian as well as religious/social gestures, which brings the ancient Sumerian world of Gilgamesh to life. Moreover, the endnotes contain translations of other versions of the epic to fill in the gaps where the comparative columns of the standard Akkadian version are yet lost to time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it was an exemplary novel, it should not be read by children with insufficient vocabulary or insufficient reading skills. I reccomend this book to scholars and people with a large intellect only. For the record I am thirteen, and I am the only one at my school, including teachers, who could read the entire novel in a single week and understand it. I still had some trouble with comprehension, however
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