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The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
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May 07, 13

bookshelves: mythology, epic-poetry, favorites
Read in April, 2012

The epic of Gilgamesh is the story of King Gilgamesh of Uruk, his friendship with the wild man Enkidu, and his journey to find Noah/Utnapishtim and discover the secret of immortality. Originally written in Akkadian on clay tablets over 3000 years ago, the epic of Gilgamesh is only as good as the translation one chooses to read.
The 1999 translation by Andrew George seems to be the most literal English translation to date, and one that I can wholeheartedly recommend. Entirely in verse, it preserves the poetic format as it appeared on the tablets. Some of the tablets include overlapping text, and at some places the text is missing where the tablets appear damaged. What remains is a timeless story of friendship and courage that I will gladly read over and over again.

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