The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Andrew George's "masterly new translation" (The Times) of the world's first truly great work of literatureMiraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world’s oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh’s adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and t...

Details The Epic of Gilgamesh

TitleThe Epic of Gilgamesh
Release DateMay 4th, 2006
PublisherPenguin Books Limited
GenreClassics, Poetry, Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, Literature

Reviews The Epic of Gilgamesh

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Shutur eli sharri = The Epic of Gilgamesh, Anonymous The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about Bilgamesh (Sumerian for "Gilgamesh"), king of Uruk, dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2100 BC). These independent stories were later used as source material for a combined epic. T...
  • Ahmad Ebaid
    "لأنه ليس من قدر الإنسان أن يحيا إلى الأبد ولكن لإنجازاته أن تخلد اسمه للأجيال اللاحقة""As for human beings, their days are numbered, and only their achievements that could establish their name to the latter generations." The oldest discovered "truly literature" epic ever in history, the immortal outstanding Odyssey of Iraq. Gilgamesh, the two-thirds god, symbol of Sumerian myt...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Epic of Gilgamesh, Anonymous, N.K. Sandars (Translator)The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about 'Bilgamesh' (Sumerian for 'Gilgamesh'), king of Uruk. These independent stories were later used as source material for a combined epic. The first surviving version of this combined epic, known as the "Old Babylonian" version, dates to the 18th century BC and is titled after its incipit, Shūtur eli sharrī ("Surpassin...
  • Stephen
    5.0 stars. I thought this story was AMAZING. However, before I go any further I do want to point out that this review is solely for the version I read which was “Gilgamesh: A New English Version” by Stephen Mitchell. I say this because for a story written over 4000 years ago (approximately 2100 BC) about a King who lived over 4700 years ago (approximately 2750 BC) and was written in cuneiform in an extinct language (Akkadian), I imagine that ...
  • Riku Sayuj
    He Who Saw The Deep: A Hymn to Survival The Gilgamesh epic is one of the great masterpieces of world literature. One of the early translations so inspired the poet Rainer Maria Rilke in 1916 that he became almost intoxicated with pleasure and wonder, and repeated the story to all he met. 'Gilgamesh,' he declared, 'is stupendous!' For him the epic was first and foremost 'das Epos der Todesfurcht', the epic about the fear of death.This universal th...
  • Foad
    گیلگمش"گيلگمش" در ابتداى حماسه، وقتى همچون كودكى خردسال از جهان و معماهاى جهان فارغ است، مردى است تنومند، دو سومش خدا و يك سومش انسان، با نشاط و سرشار از سلامتى و زورمندى، با كمربندهاى مرصع و دستبندهاى طلا و سهمى ثابت از نخستين شب هر دخترى كه در شهرش ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Gilgamesh: A New English Version, Stephen MitchellGilgamesh: A New English Version is a book about Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell. It was published in New York by The Free Press in 2004, ISBN 978-0-7432-6164-7. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about 'Bilgamesh' (Sumerian for 'Gilgamesh'), king of Uruk. These independent stories were later used as source material for a combined epic. The first surviving version of t...
  •  یِکْ دَرون‌ْگَرآ
    اگر دنبال چیزی بیشتر از «کهنترین حماسهی بشری» میگردید، سلسله سخنرانیهای بهرام بیضایی(ج) را_ با عنوان افسانهی گیلگمش_ در یوتیوب گوش کنید اگر دنبال چیزی بیشتر از «کهن‌ترین حماسه‌ی بشری» می‌گردید، سلسله سخنرانی‌های بهرام بیضایی(ج) را_ با عنوان افس...
  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    I've now read this dingdang poem at least four times. Though I read it in both high school and my sophomore year of college, the textbook versions I was dealing with must have been pretty darn tamed down, as I do not recall any overt references to sexual organs or Prima Nocta. Yeah, I definitely don't recall any sexysexy lines like "Open the hymen, perform the marriage act!" Maybe I was just phoning in the whole learning thing back then, or maybe...
  • Entisar Radhi
    الآن وبعد أن قرأت الإلياذة والأوديسة وأنا في طور قراءة الشاهنامة أجد أنه من الصعب أن تملك شغاف قلبي ملحمة كـ " جلجامش " إنها الملحمة التي تجعلني ودون تبحر في الميثولوجيا أقول ليست إلا دعوة خالصة في البحث عن الحقيقة .. مازلت أذكر ألواح جلجامش و لوح الف...
  • Alex
    Here's the first book in the world, written around let’s say 2000 BC in Uruk, which is now Iraq, so when I set out to read all of the books in order a while back this was the first one I read. So it's nice that it's very good.It’s about this king, Gilgamesh, who’s a dick. He’s a terrible king, a total tyrant. His best buddy Enkidu, on the other hand, is your archetypical noble savage guy, an innocent wild man. Enkidu gets civilized via th...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، سفارش میکنم که این داستانِ بسیار زیبا و خواندنی را بخوانید و در این افسانه اندیشه کنیدبا خواندن افسانۀ «گیلگمش» به نکاتِ زیادی پی برده و متوجه میشوید که بسیاری از داستان هایِ خیالی پیامبران و یهودیان خرافاتی و تازیان، از این افسان...
  • Michael
    This epic mythological tale was a surprisingly fun read overall and a powerful portrait of the power of male friendship and grief at its loss. Written about 1,700BC, it stars a king of the ancient Mesopotamian king of Uruk living around 2,700BC who is arrogant and unjust to his people. For example, every new bride is his for the bedding before the bridegroom has his joy. The people pray to the gods for relief from his tyranny, and in answer a tem...
  • Richard Derus
    BkC2) THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH: Not sorry I read it, but what a slog.The Book Report: Evil King Gilgamesh is hatefully cruel to the citizens of Uruk, his kingdom. The gods, hearing the cries of his oppressed people, send Gilgamesh a companion, Enkidu. (Yes, that's right, a man.) Gilgamesh falls so in love with Enkidu, and has such big fun playing around and exploring the world and generally raising hell with Enkidu that his people are left alone to ...
  • Ahmed Ibrahim
    قيمة هذه الملحمة تكْمُن في قِدَمِها أكثر من أي شيء.الخلود، حلم البشر الأبدي، يقومون بأي شيء في سبيل الحصول عليه.. وفي هذه القصة سيسعى جلجامش للخلود بعد أن يرى صديقه العزيز أكيدو من بعد قوته الخارقة يأكل الدود جسده بعد موته.الأساطير القديمة من أكثر ا...
  • Greg
    I think I read this in class once, I don't remember it at all though. I wrote something stupid in the margin though that if I saw in someone else's book I'd think they were a moron, so I guess this proves I'm a moron, or was, or something. This version is a prose version, something I think is silly, I mean I've made fun of people (behind their backs) who buy the prose version of Homer instead of a verse version, so now I'm going to snicker behind...
  • سمر محمد
    - رحلة ممتعة وشيقة جداً تعود بك إلى التاريخ القديم وخاصة تاريخ بلاد الرافدين لتتبع "أوديسة العراق القديم" ملحمة جلجامش أو كلكامش التي تعتبر من أقدم أنواع أدب الملاحم البطولية في جميع الحضارات كما أنها أطول وأكمل ملحمه عرفتها حضارات الشرق القديم - م...
  • Mahdi Lotfi
    حماسه ی گیلگمش در خط میخی به طور ناقص برای ما باقی مانده. غالب قطعات آن در کاوشهای کویونجیک، محلنینوای قدیم، به دست آمده و جزئی از کتابخانه ی بزرگ الواح گلی پادشاه آشور، آشور بانیپال، را تشکیل میداده.اصل داستان بسیار قدیمی است و بایستی، در دایره ی فر...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Admittedly I found George Smith's story more interesting than the book itself (fuck the British Museum, really) but hey I'm always here for anything that proves the Bible's travesty, so.(yes, I'm writing this ridiculous 3-lines 'review' before diving into my course material otherwise I would most likely babble literary 'truths' and that's not what my GR account is about isn't it)
  • Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ
    Are you mongrels ready to talk about Gilgamesh? Okay, let's talk about the king of heroes then! Embarrassingly enough, I myself only discovered Gilgamesh last year when I was teaching World History to a few of my students, and one of the lessons was about ancient civilizations. For a story that is considered to be a very old one--if not one of the oldest ever recorded in human history-- The Epic of Gilgamesh sure retained a rather comfortable st...
  • Aubrey
    If you want the most interesting and the most banal analysis of anything simultaneously, reduce it to the sum of its fragments shored up against the one and only death. It is intriguing for its conscripting of any factoid into a series of Socrates soundings ("Why did they buy the house?" "They didn't want to die." "Why did they cross the border?" "They didn't want to die." "Why did they not resist being raped?" "They didn't want to die.") and mon...
  • Netta
    I strongly believe that The Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as every other thing which dates back to before Christ, should be read (and enjoyed!) within the context. Treating these surviving tablets with pieces of Gilgamesh’s story as a story of a human being living in times of gods and powerful inexplicable force ruling over tiny people, makes said story a wonderful work of literature instead of a mess you cannot relate to. In fact, The Epic of Gil...
  • J.G. Keely
    Why is it that I should feel a pit in my stomach when I think of the Library of Alexandria wreathed in fire? Cotton's Library, too, when we nearly lost Beowulf and The Pearl. Who knows what we did lose? A copy of an unknown work of Archimedes was found to have been scraped clean, cut in half, and made into a Bible. To think: a unique book of knowledge--one that outlined Calculus 1800 years before its time--was turned into a copy of the most commo...
  • Leonard Gaya
    Le poème de Gilgamesh, composé, dans ses premières versions connues, il a 3 500 ans, bien longtemps avant Homère, est sans doute l'un des plus anciens témoignages de l'activité poétique et littéraire de nos lointains ancêtres de Mésopotamie, à l'aube même de l'Histoire. Cette épopée, comme chacun sait, relate le récit du roi d'Uruk, sa rencontre avec le sauvage Enkidu, l'affrontement du monstre Humbaba dans la forêt de résineux, ...
  • Teresa Proença
    Gilgamesh é um antigo poema da Mesopotâmia com origem em lendas e poemas compilados, em tábuas de argila no Século VII a.C., pelo rei Assurbanípal. (The Flood Tablet)Narra a epopeia de Gilgamesh, rei de Uruk, que oprimia o seu povo. Os deuses, para sossego dos súbditos, criaram então Enkidu "semelhante a ele como o seu próprio reflexo, como um outro ele, coração de tempestade para coração de tempestade. Eles que briguem um com o outro...
  • Zazo
    “I will set up my name in the place where the names of famous men are written, and where no man’s name is written yet I will raise a monument to the gods.”
  • Mahmoud Masoud
    الملحمة عظيمة جدا .. مش عارف ليه بيقولوا انها أوديسة العراق .. مع إن هي مكتوبة قبل الأوديسة زي ما ذكر د. طه في مقدمة الكتاب .. النسخة اللي معايا ( الطبعة الثالثة من دار الوراق ) .. النسخة فيها مقدمة ممتازة بتتكلم عن أدب وادي الرافدين و عن الملحمة و تاريخها...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Sumerian poem first discovered in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) on December 3, 1872. It is among the earliest known works of literature. This is how the tablet containing a part of the poem looks like: One thing that struck me, as pointed out also by some literary scholars, is the fact that in this epic poem, there is also a Noah-like great flood and other Biblical stories that exist here about 1,500 years before the...
  • zhikan(ژیکان)
    این کتاب فوق العاده بود ،کهن ترین حماسه بشری که بر روی دوازده لوح سنگی نوشته شده است.وقتی کتابو میخوندم خیلی صحنه ها را انگار شنیده بودم بعضی جاهاشم برام گنگ بود ولی وقتی به قسمت پایانی کتاب رسیدم دیدم خیلی از داستانهایی که در کتاب ادیان اومدن برگرف...