Book #2: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is a Sumerian epic poem. Dating from 2200 BC, it is one of the earliest works of literature ever discovered. The story concerns King Gilgamesh of Uruk (located in present-day Iraq and Kuwait) and his friendship with Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to be Gilgamesh’s equal. They have many grand adventures as is expected for an epic.

For the project, I will read Stephen Mitchell’s 2004 translation of Gilgamesh. It’s available in paper, but I purchased an ebook version for the iPad. Using my standard font setting, the book is 47 pages long, but there’s another 120 pages of supporting notes and content, some or all of which I might need to read to understand the nuances of the story.

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