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The Epic of Gilgamesh

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  70,814 ratings  ·  3,395 reviews
Andrew George's "masterly new translation" (The Times) of the world's first truly great work of literature

Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world’s oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh’s adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous
Paperback, 120 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Penguin Books Limited (first published -1750)
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chisholm It's the oldest dated written book or or written on the clay tablets whatever the medium was story written and found predating all stories or history.…moreIt's the oldest dated written book or or written on the clay tablets whatever the medium was story written and found predating all stories or history. The archeologist found it. They found that it predated homer and the bible, they found the Noah story on the clay tables with that chicken scratch line looking writing. after the tablets where found it took 30 years after they found the tablets before they could translate it. Archeologists discovered this doing the things you know archeologist do to discover things of the past. On it is the story of Gilgamesh. period. One could argue that the peoples of the past had unknowingly or knowingly stole from this original story adding it for their own embelishments and added it to their own regional history until believed fact. (less)

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Emily May
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry, 2018
“I will reveal to you a mystery, I will tell you a secret of the gods.”

There is something very humbling about reading stories written more than 4,000 years ago. One of the most fascinating things about The Epic of Gilgamesh is how you can easily see the influence it has had on Homer and Judeo-Christian-Islamic mythology. And I get chills just thinking about how this narrative reaches across the millennia and takes us inside the minds of people who lived so long ago.

This is one of those cases
Ahmad Sharabiani
Shutur eli sharri = The Epic of Gilgamesh, Anonymous
The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about Bilgamesh (Sumerian for "Gilgamesh"), king of Uruk, dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2100 BC). These independent stories were later used as source material for a combined epic. The first surviving version of this combined epic, kn
Ahmad  Ebaid
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"لأنه ليس من قدر الإنسان أن يحيا إلى الأبد ولكن لإنجازاته أن تخلد اسمه للأجيال اللاحقة"

"As for human beings, their days are numbered, and only their achievements that could establish their name to the latter generations."


The oldest discovered "truly literature" epic ever in history, the immortal outstanding Odyssey of Iraq.
Gilgamesh, the two-thirds god, symbol of Sumerian myth.
Origin of all stories and tales, which the old ancient civilizations quoted
Source of myths and superstition
You woul
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Epic of Gilgamesh, Anonymous, N.K. Sandars (Translator)
The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about 'Bilgamesh' (Sumerian for 'Gilgamesh'), king of Uruk. These independent stories were later used as source material for a combined epic. The first surviving version of this combined epic, known as the "Old Babylonian" version, dates to the 18th century BC and is titled after its incipit, Shūtur eli sharrī ("Surpassing All Other Kings"). Only a few tablets of it have s
Jeffrey Keeten
”The one who saw the abyss I will make the land know;
Of him who knew all, let me tell the whole story the same way...

Is there a king like him anywhere?
Who like Gilgamesh can boast, ‘I am the king!’

From the day of his birth Gilgamesh was called by name.”

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An exorcist priest named Sin-Leqi-Unninni is famous for being the scribe who recorded the best preserved version of the Epic of Gilgamesh. He lived in Mesopotamia between 1300-11oo BC. His name translates roughly as The Moon God is One Who A
5.0 stars. I thought this story was AMAZING. However, before I go any further I do want to point out that this review is solely for the version I read which was “Gilgamesh: A New English Version” by Stephen Mitchell. I say this because for a story written over 4000 years ago (approximately 2100 BC) about a King who lived over 4700 years ago (approximately 2750 BC) and was written in cuneiform in an extinct language (Akkadian), I imagine that the particular translation one reads may have a profou ...more
Riku Sayuj
He Who Saw The Deep: A Hymn to Survival

The Gilgamesh epic is one of the great masterpieces of world literature. One of the early translations so inspired the poet Rainer Maria Rilke in 1916 that he became almost intoxicated with pleasure and wonder, and repeated the story to all he met. 'Gilgamesh,' he declared, 'is stupendous!' For him the epic was first and foremost 'das Epos der Todesfurcht', the epic about the fear of death.

This universal theme does indeed tie together the various strands
"گيلگمش" در ابتداى حماسه، وقتى همچون كودكى خردسال از جهان و معماهاى جهان فارغ است، مردى است تنومند، دو سومش خدا و يك سومش انسان، با نشاط و سرشار از سلامتى و زورمندى، با كمربندهاى مرصع و دستبندهاى طلا و سهمى ثابت از نخستين شب هر دخترى كه در شهرش "اوروك" ازدواج مى كرد. پادشاهى كه از فرط استغنا به عشق ايزدبانوى عشق، عشتار، با تحقير و استخفاف پاسخ رد مى دهد، و وقتى ايزدبانو از خشم هيولاى آسمان را در شهر اوروك رها مى كند، بى آن كه تشويشى به دل راه دهد دو شاخ هيولا را مى گيرد و او را مى كشد. مرد
Ahmad Sharabiani
Gilgamesh: A New English Version, Stephen Mitchell
Gilgamesh: A New English Version is a book about Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell. It was published in New York by The Free Press in 2004, ISBN 978-0-7432-6164-7. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about 'Bilgamesh' (Sumerian for 'Gilgamesh'), king of Uruk. These independent stories were later used as source material for a combined epic. The first surviving version of this combined epic, known as the "Old Babylonian" v
دُکترْ دَرونْ‌گَرآ
اگر دنبال چیزی بیشتر از «کهنترین حماسهی بشری» میگردید، سلسله سخنرانیهای بهرام بیضایی(ج) را_ با عنوان افسانهی گیلگمش_ در یوتیوب گوش کنید ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This epic mythological tale was a surprisingly fun read overall and a powerful portrait of the power of male friendship and grief at its loss. Written about 1,700BC, it stars a king of the ancient Mesopotamian king of Uruk living around 2,700BC who is arrogant and unjust to his people. For example, every new bride is his for the bedding before the bridegroom has his joy. The people pray to the gods for relief from his tyranny, and in answer a temple prostitute is sent into the wilds to bring bac ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
I've now read this dingdang poem at least four times. Though I read it in both high school and my sophomore year of college, the textbook versions I was dealing with must have been pretty darn tamed down, as I do not recall any overt references to sexual organs or Prima Nocta. Yeah, I definitely don't recall any sexysexy lines like "Open the hymen, perform the marriage act!" Maybe I was just phoning in the whole learning thing back then, or maybe the years since I stepped away from academia have ...more
Entisar Radhi
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الآن وبعد أن قرأت الإلياذة والأوديسة وأنا في طور قراءة الشاهنامة أجد أنه من الصعب أن تملك شغاف قلبي ملحمة كـ " جلجامش "
إنها الملحمة التي تجعلني ودون تبحر في الميثولوجيا أقول ليست إلا دعوة خالصة في البحث عن الحقيقة ..
مازلت أذكر ألواح جلجامش و لوح الفيضان في زيارتي للمتحف البريطاني في لندن يا إلهي لماذا لم يشغلني الفضول لقراءة هذا الجمال طوال الأعوام الفائتة !!

ملحمة جلجامش أقدم نوع من أدب الملاحم وأعرق ملحمة عرفتها الحضارات القديمة وكما يقول طه باقر " لو لم يأتنا من حضارة وادي الرافدين، من منجزا
Here's the first book in the world, written around let’s say 2000 BC in Uruk, which is now Iraq, so when I set out to read all of the books in order a while back this was the first one I read. So it's nice that it's very good.

It’s about this king, Gilgamesh, who’s a dick. He’s a terrible king, a total tyrant. His best buddy Enkidu, on the other hand, is your archetypical noble savage guy, an innocent wild man. Enkidu gets civilized via the traditional method of having a sex priestess fuck him fo
Richard Derus
BkC2) THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH: Not sorry I read it, but what a slog.

The Book Report: Evil King Gilgamesh is hatefully cruel to the citizens of Uruk, his kingdom. The gods, hearing the cries of his oppressed people, send Gilgamesh a companion, Enkidu. (Yes, that's right, a man.) Gilgamesh falls so in love with Enkidu, and has such big fun playing around and exploring the world and generally raising hell with Enkidu that his people are left alone to get on with...whatever it was that they weren't al
آشنا شدن با کهن ترین حماسه مکتوب جهان که میتوان گفت بیشتر ادیان رایج در سرزمین بین النهرین به نوعی تکامل یافته این حماسه بودند تجربه بسیار جالبی برای من بود و فهمیدم که برای درک بهتر ادبیات، تاریخ و حتی مذهب آشنا شدن با اسطوره های ایرانی، یونانی و غیره بسیار ضرروی است. شباهت بسیار جالب اتقاقات ذکرشده در این گیلگمش، با حماسه ای ایرانی، ایلاید، ادیسه و برخی داستان های کتب عهد عتیق( مانند طوفان نوح، خضر) آن را بسیار زیبا و خواندنی می کند و به نوعی اصالت این اسطوره ها و داستان ها را نشان می دهد. بعد ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، سفارش میکنم که این داستانِ بسیار زیبا و خواندنی را بخوانید و در این افسانه اندیشه کنید
با خواندن افسانۀ «گیلگمش» به نکاتِ زیادی پی برده و متوجه میشوید که بسیاری از داستان هایِ خیالی پیامبران و یهودیان خرافاتی و تازیان، از این افسانۀ اسطوره ای برگرفته شده است
متولد شدن «انکیدو» پهلوانِ بزرگ، از خاک و آبِ دهانِ خداوند... شبیه به داستان موهومِ «آدم و حوا» میباشد.. و باز هم نشان میدهد که تمامی ادیان بر اساس افسانه هایِ ایرانیان نوشته شده است
سفرِ «گیلگمش» به همراه «انکیدو» ما را به یاد
Ahmed Ibrahim
قيمة هذه الملحمة تكْمُن في قِدَمِها أكثر من أي شيء.

الخلود، حلم البشر الأبدي، يقومون بأي شيء في سبيل الحصول عليه.. وفي هذه القصة سيسعى جلجامش للخلود بعد أن يرى صديقه العزيز أكيدو من بعد قوته الخارقة يأكل الدود جسده بعد موته.

الأساطير القديمة من أكثر الأشياء متعة بالنسبة إلىّ.. محلمة جلجامش عندما عُثر على الاثني عشر لوحًا كلّها كان هناك الكثير من الأبيات الناقصة من الثقوب المنتشرة في الألواح فافقدتني هذه الأجزاء من الملحمة -بالذات الطويلة منها والتي تصل لخمسين بيتًا- جزء من الاستمتاع بالملحمة.
Hazal Çamur
Günümüz ahlak kurallarının ötesinde, kendi döneminin örf ve adetleriyle bezeli, mitoloji kavramının mihenk taşı.
Yaşama dair her şey var bu destanda. Bunun yanı sıra, İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları'nin özenli çalışmasıyla döneme dair harika bilgiler de cabası.
Ama en çok, tüm o bilgilerin sonunda çevirmen Sait Maden'in Amerikalılar'ın Irak'a yaptığı bombardımanlarla bu tarihe dair daha başka bir şey öğrenemez hale geldiğimiz söylemesi koydu bana. Gılgamış harika bir destan, ama onu yazanla aynı insa
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I think I read this in class once, I don't remember it at all though. I wrote something stupid in the margin though that if I saw in someone else's book I'd think they were a moron, so I guess this proves I'm a moron, or was, or something. This version is a prose version, something I think is silly, I mean I've made fun of people (behind their backs) who buy the prose version of Homer instead of a verse version, so now I'm going to snicker behind my own back. Except I didn't buy this, or I did, ...more
سمر محمد

- رحلة ممتعة وشيقة جداً تعود بك إلى التاريخ القديم وخاصة تاريخ بلاد الرافدين
لتتبع "أوديسة العراق القديم" ملحمة جلجامش أو كلكامش التي تعتبر من أقدم أنواع أدب الملاحم البطولية في جميع الحضارات
كما أنها أطول وأكمل ملحمه عرفتها حضارات الشرق القديم

- ملحمة جلجامش
الملحمة هي قصة شعرية طويلة مليئة بالأحداث قد تحكي حكاية شعب او حكايات بطولية وقد تدخل فيها الأساطير بشكل كبير
أما جلجامش فهو الملك السومري الخامس الذي حكم " أوروك " بعد الطوفان العظيم والذي يعني إسمه "المحارب الذي في المقدمة" أو "الرجل الذي
Mahdi Lotfi
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
حماسه ی گیلگمش در خط میخی به طور ناقص برای ما باقی مانده. غالب قطعات آن در کاوشهای کویونجیک، محلنینوای قدیم، به دست آمده و جزئی از کتابخانه ی بزرگ الواح گلی پادشاه آشور، آشور بانیپال، را تشکیل میداده.اصل داستان بسیار قدیمی است و بایستی، در دایره ی فرهنگی شنعاری - اکدی به وجود آمده باشد. شنعارها(سومرها )قبل از بابلیها در سرزمین دجله و فرات مسکن داشتند و خط میخی را آنها اختراع کردهاند. متن اولیه یداستان از روی قراین باید در 2400 سال قبل از مبدأ تاریخ تنظیم شده باشد. سپس با خط میخی و زبان ادبی (شنع ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ölüm korkusu taşıyanlar, teoloji, sümeroloji, antropoloji, edebiyat tarihi okurları, genel okur
Gılgamış Destanı'nın "Aruz" biçimiyle yazıldığını öğrenmenin şaşkınlığıyla (s. xx) okumaya başladığım bu kitapta, başlarda kitabın batılı birkaç kaynak üzerinden; çeviriden çeviri olduğu önyargısı taşıyor olduğumu da inkar edemem. Lakin daha sonra bu önyargımın yersiz olduğunu; elimde tuttuğum metnin nefis, çok önemli bir metin olduğunu anlamam gecikmedi.

Destanı en kısa ifadeyle özetlemek gerekirse: "Ölüm korkusu" diyebilirim buna. İnsançocuğunun milyonlarca yıldır değişmeyen; pek tabii 4.000
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Admittedly I found George Smith's story more interesting than the book itself (fuck the British Museum, really) but hey I'm always here for anything that proves the Bible's travesty, so.

(yes, I'm writing this ridiculous 3-lines 'review' before diving into my course material otherwise I would most likely babble literary 'truths' and that's not what my GR account is about isn't it)
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Are you mongrels ready to talk about Gilgamesh? Okay, let's talk about the king of heroes then! Embarrassingly enough, I myself only discovered Gilgamesh last year when I was teaching World History to a few of my students, and one of the lessons was about ancient civilizations. For a story that is considered to be a very old one--if not one of the oldest ever recorded in human history-- The Epic of Gilgamesh sure retained a rather comfortable status of obscurity, mostly because we're more incli ...more
If you want the most interesting and the most banal analysis of anything simultaneously, reduce it to the sum of its fragments shored up against the one and only death. It is intriguing for its conscripting of any factoid into a series of Socrates soundings ("Why did they buy the house?" "They didn't want to die." "Why did they cross the border?" "They didn't want to die." "Why did they not resist being raped?" "They didn't want to die.") and monotonous to the point of pointlessness for the exac ...more
J.G. Keely
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic, fantasy, reviewed
Why is it that I should feel a pit in my stomach when I think of the Library of Alexandria wreathed in fire? Cotton's Library, too, when we nearly lost Beowulf and The Pearl. Who knows what we did lose?

A copy of an unknown work of Archimedes was found to have been scraped clean, cut in half, and made into a Bible. To think: a unique book of knowledge--one that outlined Calculus 1800 years before its time--was turned into a copy of the most common book in the world.

As a young man, Tolkien once g
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
من این کتاب را از سرِ علایق ادبی خود خواندم، اما الان نمیدانم در کدام قفسه میگنجد. همین ادبی؟ دین و اخلاق؟ فلسفه و جامعه شناسی؟

گادامر و ریکور هر کدام، بحثی درباره اصالت اثر و پارادایم سازی آن دارند. آثار اصیل حقیقتا در بستر اصالتشان بینهایت مهمتر میشوند و سیطره خود را بر آثار ادبی، فلسفی، دینی و اخلاقی نشان میدهند
اجازه دهید واضحتر بگویم: چه حسی بشما دست میدهد اگر ببینید داستانی بسیار شبیه به داستان نوح، خضر و یوسف پیامبر در الواحی که منشا سرایش آنها 2400 سال پیش از میلاد مسیح بوده ذکر شده است؟ ا
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I strongly believe that The Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as every other thing which dates back to before Christ, should be read (and enjoyed!) within the context. Treating these surviving tablets with pieces of Gilgamesh’s story as a story of a human being living in times of gods and powerful inexplicable force ruling over tiny people, makes said story a wonderful work of literature instead of a mess you cannot relate to. In fact, The Epic of Gilgamesh is surprisingly relatable. In a nutshell, thi ...more
Leonard Gaya
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le poème de Gilgamesh, composé, dans ses premières versions connues, il a 3 500 ans, bien longtemps avant Homère, est sans doute l'un des plus anciens témoignages de l'activité poétique et littéraire de nos lointains ancêtres de Mésopotamie, à l'aube même de l'Histoire. Cette épopée, comme chacun sait, relate le récit du roi d'Uruk, sa rencontre avec le sauvage Enkidu, l'affrontement du monstre Humbaba dans la forêt de résineux, la querelle avec Ishtar et le massacre du Taureau Céleste, la desce ...more
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“Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.” 78 likes
“Strange things have been spoken, why does your heart speak strangely? The dream was marvellous but the terror was great; we must treasure the dream whatever the terror.” 45 likes
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