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When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David
Toward the end of the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh King Gilgamesh laments the untimely death of his comrade Enkidu, -my friend whom I loved dearly.- Similarly in the Bible, David mourns his companion, Jonathan, whose -love to me was wonderful, greater than the love of women.- These passages, along with other ambiguous erotic and sexual language found in the Gilgamesh epi ...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Columbia University Press
(first published April 22nd 2005)
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I dived into this book despite never having read the epic of Gilgamesh. No matter: the subject was covered so well that I felt I knew the story by the time I had read Ackerman's analysis of it. Despite the scholarly character of Ackerman's analysis, it was easy to follow and understand. I appreciated the fact that she presented many different interpretations of what the sexual language in the two stories meant before offering her own interpretation. And I thought her interpretations well thought ...more