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The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh: An English Verison with an Introduction | Anonymous
I am Gilgamesh who seized and killed the Bull of Heaven, I killed the watchman of the cedar forest, I overthrew Humbaba who lived in the forest 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 third millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba. When Enkidu dies, Gilgameshs 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 mans search for immortality. N. K. Sandarss lucid, accessible translation is prefaced by a detailed introduction that examines the narrative and historical context of the work. In addition, there is a glossary of names and a map of the Ancient Orient. @UrukRockCity All the ladies want to get it on now that Ive slain the demon. But I must decline. Im a clean man these days. I just cant win with women. Before, nailing all the ladies was bad. Now I refuse to seduce, and the Gods send a giant bull to kill me? From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
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OrangeMooseReads
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It‘s gorgeous this morning! I decided since I didn‘t get outside to walk yesterday (got my 10,000 in though) I would do my long walk. It feels good. But ... my headphones died about a third of the way into my walk 😭 #bookfitnesschallenge

laurenslibrary RIP 😩 4mo
CoverToCoverGirl Yup, this has happened to me.. 😭 4mo
OrangeMooseReads @covertocovergirl it‘s so sad and frustrating lol 4mo
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OrangeMooseReads @laurenslibrary I just have to make sure they are nice and charged every night 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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1. Black Leopard Red Wolf and Crazy Brave
2. Probably Black Leopard Red Wolf - came out less than a week ago! I don‘t do ARCs so that‘s the most recently published one!
3. Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest story we currently know about im pretty sure so I might struggle to find anything older!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Tamra
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Pickpick

A fool on a fool‘s errand? Oh Gilgamesh.

Paired with pink lemonade margarita in the last gasp of summer heat here in the northland.

Velvetfur I love those flowers 😀 12mo
Tamra @Velvetfur I‘m not sure the name of it, but it can really take a beating by the sun and has flowered all summer. Someone called it a lipstick plant? 12mo
DivineDiana I‘m thirsty! 😉 12mo
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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

So glad I read this!! Very accessible translation considering it‘s the oldest work of literature in the world

zsuzsanna_reads It's on so many lifetime reading lists, but I've been out off so far... Thanks for the recommendation! 13mo
Emilymdxn @zsuzsanna_reads it has some very repetitive bits which are a bit odd to modern sensibilities, but other than that it‘s got a clear narrative, some beautiful descriptions and it‘s quite short so I didn‘t find it off putting at all really! 13mo
zsuzsanna_reads We seem to read a lot of the same books plus I live in Surrey too (just a bit older than you, lol). I friended you on Goodreads! 13mo
Emilymdxn @zsuzsanna_reads amazing!! I don‘t think I‘ve ever encountered another person from Surrey on here lol, I‘ll accept you on goodreads right away ☺️ 13mo
zsuzsanna_reads Oh but I live in East Surrey. I never seem to encounter anyone from East Surrey anywhere. It's like we're a special tribe 😂 13mo
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Swanofavon
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Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. One of these is not quite like the others 🤔😂

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Anna40
Pickpick

"What is this sleep which holds you now?
You are lost in the dark and cannot hear me."

The oldest known work of literature is the captivating story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, which can be read as a tale of adventure or a spiritual journey, dealing with love, loss, grief, the realization that we are mortal beings. I thought that something created in 3000 BC would be too remote from my life. How wrong!

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Notmacaroniandcheese
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Well, it‘s official. I‘ve now opened a folk art meets ancient history Etsy shop. Currently only one item up, but I plan on making more each week.
If anyone‘s interested you can check it out at https://etsy.me/2Hiyysz

DarcysMom Super cool! I followed your shop so I don't miss out on your creations. 😁 1y
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LikelyLibrarian
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Teaching a one-week mini-session of World Lit. Today‘s reading: The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis.

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sprainedbrain
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One of my favorite college courses at University of Iowa was Quest for Human Destiny my freshman year... partly because of the dynamic professor, and partly because I loved almost all of the required texts. So much so that I still have these, 20 years later.

#fallintoreading #quest

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merelybookish
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I used to teach a survey called "World Literature Up to the 16th Century" ?. It met a requirement so most of the students were not exactly lovers of literature (from any country or century)
But many of them did enjoy Gilgamesh. It's short. It's seamy. There's violence. (I can't say the same for the Bhagavad Gita .) ?
Image from a children's version by Bernarda Bryan.
#classicsforclassicshaters #fallintobooks @RealLifeReading

LeahBergen I read Gilgamesh for a Classics course and really enjoyed it. 2y
merelybookish @LeahBergen Did you know they recently found some more tablets of the story? I guess they fill in one of the gaps. 2y
LeahBergen I didn't know that (off to investigate I go)! Have you heard of this book? I picked it up at a charity sale because it looked interesting 2y
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merelybookish @LeahBergen No, I haven't seen that. Sounds interesting! It's amazing how long ago Gilgamesh was written, and yet...still speaks to us. 2y
kathedron I enjoyed the Stephen Mitchell translation. 2y
merelybookish @River_Voice Yes, that's the one I used! 2y
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Faibka
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"Enkidu was resolved to lead his friend
Who was determined but did not know the way.
Now Gilgamesh was certain with his friend
Beside him"

One of the most moving tales of loyal and everlasting friendship and one my all time favorite epic poems ??
#inthemoodforlove
#seasonsreadings2016

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Kimzey
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Enkidu, the lap cat, is my most constant reading companion! #readingcompanions #photoadaynov16 @RealLifeReading

Seshat Love that you named him that! 3y
shanebeth so handsome! 3y
SharonGoforth 😻😻😻 3y
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Faibka Enkidu! Wonderful name 😍 adorable kitty 😻💜 3y
CherylDeFranceschi ❤️😻! 3y
Bette Beauty. 🐱❤️ 3y
RadicalReader @Kimzey what are all your pets names and how did they get them? 3y
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APLitlife
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Finishing up this gem today.

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ApoptyGina69
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Can't get much more classic than the main character in the first-ever (supposedly) novel of the world. Had a good time with these support texts in my myth & literature class. #classiccharacter #octoberphotochallenge

LeahBergen I have the one on the left but haven't read it yet. 3y
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jdtchicago

Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice.

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MariettaSG

Attempting to read more literature from varying times and places. Ancient text, possibly oldest to survive. Lebanon existed. Mt Hermon, which is also mentioned in the bible existed. Similarities to the bible and Ancient Greek texts, parts sound like Samson, part God/part human characters like Greek mythology, reference to a great flood. Also line about a three ply rope cannot be cut exactly same as a Proverb. Search for meaning focus towards end.

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Oblomov26
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At least 4000 years old and still such wise advice