Epic of Gilgamesh by Unknown

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from Ancient Iraq and is among the earliest known works of literary writings. Scholars believe that it originated as a series of Sumerian legends and poems about the mythological hero-king Gilgamesh, which were gathered into a longer Akkadian poem much later; the most complete version existing today is preserved on 12 clay tablets in the library collection of the 7th century BCE Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. It was originally titled He who Saw the Deep (Sha naqba īmuru) or Surpassing All Other Kings (Shūtur eli sharrī). Gilgamesh might have been a real ruler in the late Early Dynastic II period (ca. 27th century BCE). The essential story revolves around the relationship between Gilgamesh, who has become distracted and disheartened by his rule, and a friend, Enkidu, who is half-wild and who undertakes dangerous quests with Gilgamesh. Much of the epic focuses on Gilgamesh's thoughts of loss following Enkidu's death. It is about their becoming human together, and has a high emphasis on immortality. A large portion of the poem illustrates Gilgamesh's search for immortality after Enkidu's death.

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Gilgamesh: The New Translation Paperback 761596 $6.18 $4.99 2014
The Epic of Gilgamesh Kindle Edition 1008569 2018
The Epic of Gilgamesh Paperback 729497 $19.95 2018
The Revenge of Ishtar (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) Paperback 40747 $4.07 $4.06 1998
Gilgamesh Hardcover 1102759 $49.50 $3.88 1984
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) Paperback 40134 $4.07 $3.50 1998
Gilgamesh Paperback 168470 $21.56 $21.85 2012
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback 76449 $10.09 $6.07 2001
Gilgamesh the Hero Hardcover 19526 $11.32 $7.00 2003
Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) Paperback 14390 $4.38 $4.00 1998
Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative Paperback 9109 $3.49 $1.77 2003
Gilgamesh: A New English Version Paperback 2879 $8.17 $7.49 2006
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin Classics) Paperback 2308 $6.41 $5.73 2003
The Epic of Gilgamesh: An English Verison with an Introduction Paperback 1764 $4.00 $0.99 1960
Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse Paperback 5584 $5.61 $1.99 1993
The Gilgamesh Cycle: The Fully Restored Epic of Gilgamesh (Updated 2nd Ed.) Paperback 61315 $6.09 $8.26 2013
An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic: On the Basis of Recently Discovered Texts Paperback 780659 $8.74 $5.00 2013
Gilgamesh: A Novel Hardcover 1138380 $5.65 $2.98
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Classics) Kindle Edition 35253 1973
The Epic of Gilgamesh Mass Market Paperback 1266996 $10.99 $14.98
Gilgamesh: A New English Version Kindle Edition 51378 $10.13 2010
Gilgamesh: A New English Version Hardcover 126687 $14.49 $6.63 2004
Gilgamesh: A New English Version Audio CD 624171 $14.54 $10.99 2004
Gilgamesh: A New English Version Paperback 1872818 $13.61 $13.39 2006
Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse Hardcover 1060758 $71.44 $19.95 1992
Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse Paperback 1312284 $9.04 $5.11 1993
Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative Kindle Edition 163076 2003
Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative (Mentor Series) Mass Market Paperback 428201 $3.94 $0.01 1972
Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative Hardcover 497842 $140.00 $14.78
Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative Paperback 2722700 $4.49 $0.37 2003
Gilgamesh the King (Gilgamesh Trilogy, The) Hardcover 1310237 $144.98 $9.63 1999
Gilgamesh the Hero (Oxford Myths & Legends) Paperback 2463044 $145.38 $20.89 2002
Gilgamesh The Hero (Oxford Myths & Legends) Hardcover 4384663 $63.18 $3.67 2002
Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Paperback 1102390 $66.30 $7.67
Gilgamesh Hardcover 3184244 $2,432.64 $58.00
Gilgamesh Paperback 327996 $8.00 $0.01 1985
Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 10766 $8.25 $6.99 2009
Gilgamesh the King Hardcover 1678322 $876.77 $7.50
An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic: On the Basis of Recently Discovered Texts Paperback 2844950 $18.86 2012
Gilgamesh (Vintage) Kindle Edition 266893 $9.99 2011
Gilgamesh: The New Translation Kindle Edition 38957 2014
An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic Kindle Edition 1300934 $2.99 2012
An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press) Paperback 2686221 $9.49 $7.98 2009
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh (Gilgamesh Trilogy, The) Hardcover 1371678 $69.00 $39.00 1995
The Epic of Gilgamesh Hardcover 1597726 $44.89 $11.86 1989
The Epic of Gilgamesh Paperback 11061422 $49.95
The Revenge of Ishtar (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) Hardcover 470490 $12.41 $11.55 1993
Gilgamesh: A Novel Paperback 530774 $3.85 $0.01 2004
The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New Translation (Penguin Classics) Mass Market Paperback 148943 $29.08 $9.00 2000
Le Roi Gilgamesh (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) (French Edition) Paperback 3955243 $1.98 $1.96 2000
Gilgamesh, the New Translation Hardcover 1103364 $19.20 $26.36 2014
The Epic of Gilgamesh Paperback 62853 $6.99 $0.01 1989
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin Epics) Paperback 78190 $4.60 $1.97 2006
An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic Paperback 164566 $3.95 $5.05 2016
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Xist Classics) Kindle Edition 68413 2015
An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic: On the Basis of Recently Discovered Texts Hardcover 1747862 $22.94 $26.55 2015
Gilgamesh: A Novel Hardcover 1057941 $1.92 $0.01
Gilgamesh: A Novel Paperback 4169300 $6.23 $1.13 2004
Gilgamesh Audio CD 6040718 $59.97 2012
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