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The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
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Feb 19, 08

bookshelves: philosophy-history, classic-fiction, fiction
Read in February, 2008

Interesting ancient tale about about the limits of humanity and the folly and nobility of man. The story had definite Homeric elements, but I wouldn't even begin to compare it with the quality of the Iliad. Of course it was also harder to follow because I'm not really familiar with all of those zany Sumerian gods. The account of the "deluge" was interesting, although not really what I was expecting. It's an interesting example of how various cultures would have integrated mythological stories with tales from their ancestors about a world-wide flood. I can't say I really liked the character of Gilgamesh, but in the context of it being the oldest known piece of literary fiction, it was a pretty good yarn.
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