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 man's eternal struggle with the limitations of human nature, and encompass the basic human feelings of loneliness, friendship, love, loss, revenge, and the fear of the oblivion of death. This new translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh is the first in English to take into account the new sources and linguistic research of the past twenty years: newly found pieces of tablets have filled in gaps in the text, and the meanings of many words are better understood. It now makes the Epic accessible to the general reader in a clear and complete a form.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Stanford University Press