The Epic of Gilgamesh
Miraculously 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 the
secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and
the duties of kings, the Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about
mankind's eternal struggle with the fear of death.
About this Author
Andrew George is Professor of Babylonian in the Department of Languages and Culture of Near and Middle East at University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.
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