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The Archetypal Significance of Gilgamesh by Rivkah Schärf Kluger
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Nov 07, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, history, literature, classic
Read in August, 2004

Rivkah Scharf Kluger's "The Archtypal Significance of Gilgamesh: A Modern Ancient Hero" is an interesting look at the significance of Gilgamesh in relation to other ancient literature. It includes a lot of insightful information on what different parts of the Epic represent in terms of the Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations. For the most part, she uses Alexander Heidel's translation of the epic for her observations. The only weakness of this book as far as I am concerned, is that it was put together after the author's death, and much of it is clearly based on her lectures. I think if she had a chance to organize her materials into book form, the result would have been even better. As it is, this is still a very good resource for those interested in learning more about the Gilgamesh epic.

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