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33 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 Ira Gilgamesh the two thirds god symbol of Sumerian myth Origin of all stories and tales which the old ancient civilizations uoted Source of myths and superstitionYou would be surprised by knowing the ancient assets of present that the men just do developing rather Sh tur eli sharr The Epic of Gilgamesh Anonymous NK Sandars TranslatorThe 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 Sh tur eli sharr Surpassing All Other Kings Only a few tablets of it have survived The later Standard version dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC and bears the incipit Sha naba muru He who Saw the Deep in modern terms He who Sees the Unknown Approximately two thirds of this longer twelve tablet version have been recovered Some of the best copies were discovered in the library ruins of the 7th century BC Assyrian king Ashurbanipal 2006 1333 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 21051399 I will reveal to ou a mystery I will tell Freezing Point you a secret of the gods There is something very humbling about reading stories written than 4000ears ago One of the most fascinating things about The Epic of Gilgamesh is how Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by you can easily see the influence it has had on Homer and Judeo Christian Islamic mythology And I get chills just thinking about how this narrative reaches across the millennia and takes us inside the minds of people who lived so long agoThis is one of those cases where I really wish I could read and understand the original text The translation is a little wooden and the rather dramatic series of events reads almost like a textbook I should point out that though a little dry it s not difficult to read at all at least not in the English translation that I read and can be read in a single sitting ifou have a couple of hours to spare My favourite part is not surprisingly the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu I definitely find myself leaning towards agreeing with the homoerotic interpretations of their relationship and they almost certainly served as an inspiration for pairings such as Achilles and Patroclus and Jonathan and David Whether they were lovers or not and no one really knows how the Ancient Sumerians would have felt about a gay couple the intensity of Gilgamesh s love for Enkidu whom he loves as a woman is the driving force of the epic This love leads him on a long and strange journey in the hope that he can find a way to defy death An intriguing taleBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube 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 #work of literature The literary 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 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 Sh tur eli sharr Surpassing All Other Kings Only a few tablets of it have survived The later standard version dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC and bears the incipit Sha naba muru He who Saw the Deep in modern terms He who Sees the Unknown Approximately two thirds of this longer twelve tablet version have been recovered Some of the best copies were discovered in the library ruins of the 7th century BC Assyrian king AshurbanipalThe first half of the story discusses Gilgamesh king of Uruk and Enkidu a wild man created by the gods to stop Gilgamesh from oppressing the people of Uruk After Enkidu becomes civilized through sexual initiation with a harlot he travels to Uruk where he challenges Gilgamesh to a test of strength Gilgamesh wins and the two become friends Together to Uruk where he challenges Gilgamesh to a test of strength Gilgamesh wins and the two become friends Together make a six day journey to the legendary Cedar Forest where they plan to slay the Guardian Humbaba the Terrible and cut down the sacred Cedar Later they kill the Bull of Heaven which the goddess Ishtar sends to punish Gilgamesh for spurning her advances As a punishment for these actions the gods sentence Enkidu to deathIn the second half of the epic distress about Enkidu s death causes Gilgamesh to undertake a long and perilous journey to discover the secret of eternal life He eventually learns that Life which Pure Excitement you look forou will never find For when the gods created man they let death be his share and life withheld in their own hands However because of his great building projects his account of Siduri s advice and what the immortal man Utnapishtim told him about the Great Flood Gilgamesh s fame survived his death His story has been translated into many languages and in recent ears has featured in works of popular fiction 2004 2005 2006 1379 240 9643510182 21 1333 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 E what isRelying on existing translations and in places where there are gaps on his own imagination Mitchell seeks language that is as swift and strong as the story itself He conveys the evenhanded generosity of the original poet who is as sympathetic toward women and monsters and the whole range of human emotions and desires as he is toward his heroes This wonderful new version of the story of Gilgamesh shows how the story came to achieve literary immortality not because it is a rare ancient artifact but because reading it can make people in the here and now feel completely alive Copyright © Reed Business Information a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserv. 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 50 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 ears ago approximately 2100 BC about a King who lived over 4700 ears ago approximately 2750 BC and was written in cuneiform in an extinct language Akkadian I imagine that the particular translation one reads may have a profound impact on the reading experience I also note that the version I read has been criticized by others for being too subjective an interpretation I will probably read an alternative translation at some point to compare the two but for now all I can say is that I LOVED STEPHEN MITCHELL S VERSION In addition to having the complete text of the epic poem Mitchell includes about 75 pages worth on analysis and insight into the story that I thought enhanced the reading experience for me Rather then go into the details of the story which are adeuately explained in the book description and are fairly well known I will just give some thoughts about my impression of the story This is an epic heroic story in the ancient sense of the word Gilgamesh is a hero like the Greek gods not necessarily good but rather smarter stronger and powerful than all those around him Later when he meets his friendbrother Enkidu the two embark on the first uest adventure ever written and their travels make for a wonderful story While reading this I kept finding myself thinking that I can t believe this was written over 4000 ears ago and is still so incredibly entertaining I was also amazed that this story again written over 4000 Interviewing Users years ago includes an almost verbatim version of the Great Flood story from the Old Testament down to the smallest details There is a similar allusion to the loss of innocence through the machinations of an evil serpent that bear a striking example to the Fall of Adam and Eve I thought this was fascinating on many levels Finally and most importantly in my opinion this story is about The one who saw the abyss I will make the land know Of him who knew all let me tell the whole storyin the same wayIs there a king like him anywhereWho like Gilgamesh can boast I am the king From the day of his birth Gilgamesh was called by name An exorcist priest named Sin Lei Unninni is famous for being the scribe who recorded the best preserved version of the Epic of Gilgamesh He lived in Mesopotamia between 1300 11oo BC His name translates roughly as The Moon God is One Who Accepts my Prayers The poem is thought to have existed as much as a 1000ears before Sin Lei Unninni transcribed this version #which would make this story over 4000 ears old It is remarkable that we have these clay tablets at all We #would make this story over 4000 ears old It is remarkable that we have these clay tablets at all We pieces of the story in other forms and any translator who takes on the task of looking with fresh eyes at these cuneiform shapes relies heavily on the other scattered pieces to fill in the gaps of the missing sections of clay or the parts that have been rubbed into obscurity Here is an example of What Is Readable Out Of The Severely is readable out of the severely tablet V column VI roada second timethrew downEnkiduThey cut off the head of Humbaba It makes me think of when I was a kid watching a show and the TV signal would start going on the fritz The picture would start flipping and turning to static probably a passing low flying UFO I would be banging on the set because that always helps and frantically wiggling the ears until the rabbit is suawking I d get pieces of sound with distorted dialogue Finally the signal would be reacuired just in time for me to hear That was amazing Magnum Fortunately John Gardner and John Maier were able to resurrect the missing pieces from other sources and they share that with us so we can see what we probably missed It would have been wonderful to read how Sin Lei Unninni would have interpreted that particular dynamic scene of Gilgamesh and Enkidu subduing Humbaba One can only hope that Gilga 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 this combined epic known as the Old Babylonian version dates to the 18th century BC and is titled after its incipit Sh tur eli sharr Surpassing All Other Kings Only a few tablets of it have survived The later Standard version dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC and bears the incipit Sha naba muru He who Saw the Deep in modern terms He who Sees the Unknown Approximately two thirds of this longer twelve tablet version have been recovered Some of the best copies were discovered in the library ruins of the 7th century BC Assyrian king Ashurbanipal 2004 2005 2006 13. Making love with the priestess awakens Enkidu's consciousness of his true identity as a human being rather than as an animal Enkidu is taken to the city and to Gilgamesh who falls in love with him as a soul mate Soon however Gilgamesh takes his beloved friend with him to the Cedar Forest to kill the guardian the monster Humbaba in defiance of the gods Enkidu dies as a result The overwhelming grief and fear of death that Gilgamesh suffers propels him on a uest for immortality that is as fast paced and thrilling as a contemporary action film In the end Gilgamesh returns to his city He does not become immortal in the way he thinks he wants to be but he is able to embrac. I ve now read this dingdang poem at least four times Though I read it in both high school and my sopho Payback 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 theears since I stepped away from academia have actually made me a better reader Truthfully though in my recently solidified but long considered plan to attend graduate school has made the wash that was a lot of my last couple of The No 1 Car Spotter and the Car Thieves No1 Car Spotter years of college into uite an obstacle Seriously it s pretty amazing what a couple of bouts of I m not leaving this bed level depression can do to a previously solid GPA So I have dipped my little toe into the local community college waters in order to readjust to book learnin and maybe show grad school committees that I actually can do well in school when my head s on straight One of the courses I chose to enroll in is a 1000 level mythology course Please keep in mind that it is a 1000 level mythology courseAs one does in a 1000 level mythology course I not only read the assigned prose version of Gilgamesh in the textbook but also the scattered mess that is the translated tablets as contained in this Penguin Edition Being a repenting academic sinner returning to the college fold I may be leaning toward overzealousness just a whee bit the other day I actually caught myself wondering even almost sorta fretting about how I could manage to read both The Morte and all four volumes of The Once and Future King in time for the Arthurian Legends section of the course a subject over which the entire assigned textbook reading is abooooouuuuut forty pages long Anyway I read the two versions of this guy and I m glad I did as placing them side by side has definitely beeninterestingThe first thing I noticed was how much it s downplayed in cozy textbook versions that Gilgamesh in his rowdyouthful being up to no good phase made a sport of raping women Ha ha ha taking women s virginities against their will in front of their husbands on their wedding nights what a rascal I swear that aside from that one thing he s a totally solid guy The best So Giant Steps to Change the World yeah Gilgamesh aka Rapeymess gets his own bestie John the Savage a guy named Enkidu who Gilgamesh respects since he not only almost kicks Gilgamesh s ass but he murdered a fuckin lion all which we all know is a testament to manhood which holds up to this very day to teach him humility and nurture his better side and flush his roofies down the toilet and maybe have sex with him a lot Of course in the prose version Gilgamesh is really just painted as an asshole turned hero and the friendship conveyed as completely platonic Slight changes Ever so slight changesAnother difference I noticed is that in the textbook versions when Ishtar makes a move on Gilgamesh he brings up that she #S BASICALLY A PRAYING MANTIS WHO #basically a praying mantis who the heads off her lovers sort of like the ancient goddess version of Fester s wife in Addams Family Values In the tablets however it reads like naaaahhyou re a whore I don t like whores Totally solid guy The best There are many such discrepancies but it would be tedious to go through and list them all or provide some snoozy summary of events That would reuire a grade Instead I ll just point out that between this and the Enuma Elish I kinda can t wait to watch people maybe freak out about the fact that much of the Old Testament was essentially plagiarized from much older texts which one assumes would nullify its authority as an historical record maybe causing some sort of Christian existential crisis a crisis which will maybe be fascinating to witness in the online class format meaning in frantic textspeak Oh if First Light Project Five Fifteen you were wondering if kids these days say things like lol and omg in strictly graded forum posts the answer is a vehement flabbergastedes almost all of them College is totally wasted on the oung Anyway this should be fun I thought it would be a good idea to brush on my non existent knowledge of epics I cannot rate the Epic of Gilgamesh because I only listened to it as it was among the first piece of literature known to man and I was curios Plus it was short I am reading the Literature Book an excellent history of the art of the written word and this was the first entry The first category is called heroes and legends and covers titles from 3000 BCE to 1300 CE I am planning to read some of the books mentioned there while I go through that tome so I will be mentioning TLB uite often in the following period Ok "Back To The Epic Of Gilgamesh It " to the Epic of Gilgamesh It written on tablets in ancient Sumer at around 2100 BCE and discovered in 1853 The fragments tell the story of King Gilgamesh of Uruk an oppressive ruler of how he changes to a hero after he is taught a lesson by the gods It is probably the first bildungsroman in historyI cannot say I enjoyed listening to this Epic but I am glad I did Since I am so confounded I decided not to give any rating My Epic adventure continues with The Iliad which is definitely not short as this one so it will probably takes some time Wish me luck that I will enjoy the process He Who Saw The Deep A Hymn to. From Publishers WeeklyThe acclaimed translator of the Tao Te Ching and the Bhagavad Gita now takes on the oldest book in the world Inscribed on stone tablets a thousand ears before the Iliad and the Bible and found in fragments Gilgamesh describes the journey of the king of the city of Uruk in what is now IraAt the start Gilgamesh is a oung giant with gigantic wealth power and beauty and a boundless arrogance that leads him to oppress his people As an answer to their pleas the gods create Enkidu to be a double for Gilgamesh a second self Learning of this huge wild man who runs with the animals Gilgamesh dispatches a priestess to find him and tame him by seducing him. .



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