The Epic of Gilgamesh (2100 BC), translated by N.K. Sanders (1972)

I like reading myths from other cultures because they capture the familiar spirit of the Greek myths with new sets of heroes.  Ancient Sumer’s Gilgamesh is no exception: our hero befriends a sidekick from the wilderness, journeys through forests to slay a deadly monster, grapples with a jealous goddess, and seeks the prize of eternal life.  There’s even an ancient flood that shares more than a few similarities with the Biblical one.  Editor N.K. Sanders also provides a lot of textual background in her introduction, padding out the Penguin edition since the myth itself is so short (60 pages).

Rating:

3-kafkas

Where I Got It

Bought used at a local book sale, October 2012, making it one of the longest-running books in the stack.

More

Background to the Epic of Gilgamesh on Wikipedia

The entire Epic of Gilgamesh in PDF form

One thought on “The Epic of Gilgamesh (2100 BC), translated by N.K. Sanders (1972)”

  1. Tristen

    I’ve never actually sat down and read this, which I feel so sad about. I need to get it and read it! Maybe I’ll finally get around to adding it to my collection!

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