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  • The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the best known works of early literature.
  • Gilgamesh, translated by David Ferry (New York, 1992), 30-32.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Occasionally humani would fight on one side, and their exploits were recalled in great legends like those of Gilgamesh and Cuchulain, Atlas and Hippolytus, Beowulf and Ilya of Murom.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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  • Perhaps the most striking Eastern literary antecedent to The Iliad is the story of Gilgamesh, which derives from Sumerian legends that reach back to the third millennium.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • If Gilgamesh is not the first human hero, he is the first tragic hero of whom anything is known.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The cruel king Gilgamesh is jealous of his power over people and animals and wants to kill him.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Fill thy belly, Gilgamesh; day and night enjoy thyselfi prepare each day some pleasant occasion.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • SUNLIGHT: Are you familiar with the epic of Gilgamesh? A splendid epic, but very obscure, difficult for people like us—undramatic, one thinks at first glance.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues

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  • It is clear that Akkadian redactors went through the Sumerian myths, edited out the (to us) bizarre and incomprehensible parts, and strung them together into longer works, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • 12 In the Near Eastern epic Ishtar seeks the love of Gilgamesh, who rejects her, reminding her of what happened to other mortals who succumbed to her advances: 11.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • 6 A fine scholarly introduction and translation is The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated with an introduction by Andrew George (London, 1999).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • This was the eleventh tablet of the Assyrian recension of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Soon after this first announcement Smith published the Chaldean Account of the Deluge, and with it the outline of the Gilgamesh narrative.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • These tablets include a small group on which are found the oldest versions of the Gilgamesh cycle in the Sumerian language.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In the King-List Gilgamesh is named as fifth ruler of the first post-diluvian dynasty of Uruk (see below).
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Men said ’Uruk of the strong walls’, and Gilgamesh was traditionally the great builder.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Literary Background Five poems relating to Gilgamesh have survived from Sumer-ian literature.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • This uses language much like that of a lament for Ur-Nammu, an historical ruler of Ur who lived around 2100 B.C, which incidentally names Gilgamesh.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Gilgamesh and Agga’ like the ’Death of Gilgamesh’ is known only in Sumerian.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Gilgamesh and Agga’ like the ’Death of Gilgamesh’ is known only in Sumerian.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • It is not possible to say at what time the flood was drawn into the Gilgamesh cycle, since evidence is lacking from the Old Babylonian period.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Although heralds and champions are employed, the action is even less heroic than that in ’Gilgamesh and Agga.’
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He stands third in the King-List and is sometimes referred to by Gilgamesh as his semi-divine ’father’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He is a more interesting figure than Enmerkar and, like Gilgamesh, he is a wanderer.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • It is possible therefore that the later compilers drew upon this cycle as well as that of the original Gilgamesh.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • One prayer begins, ’Gilgamesh, supreme king, judge of the Anunnaki’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The mother of Gilgamesh was a comparatively obscure goddess who had a palace-temple in Uruk.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Gilgamesh in the Sumerian version is ’the priest of Kullab’, a part of Uruk, but in moments of stress he calls on Lugulbanda as ’father’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Lugulbanda reigned in Uruk second before Gilgamesh and third after the flood.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In one text he seems to encourage the journey to the Cedar Mountain, but it is also he who rebukes Gilgamesh and Enkidu for killing its guardian.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Throughout the narrative of the adventures of Gilgamesh the presence of the underworld can be felt.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • These poems give to Gilgamesh no marvellous birth and childhood legends, like those of the heroes of folk-lore.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The great friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu that begins with a wrestling bout in Uruk is the link that connects all the episodes of the story.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Even in a dream, before he had seen Enkidu, Gilgamesh was drawn to him by an attraction ’like the love of woman’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In one view, indeed, the whole forest episode is a cruel trap set by Enlil in order to destroy Gilgamesh and Enkidu.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Then follows the search for ancestral wisdom which takes Gilgamesh to the limits of the earth, as did Odysseus’s journey to find Teiresias.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • But Gilgamesh, unlike Odysseus, is alone and has no boat; he must find the ferryman, and the directions are doubtful.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Its temper, though typical of some Sumerian poetry, is too far removed from the rest of the Gilgamesh material for its inclusion in a ’Gilgamesh Epic’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Its temper, though typical of some Sumerian poetry, is too far removed from the rest of the Gilgamesh material for its inclusion in a ’Gilgamesh Epic’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Sumerians were the first literate inhabitants of Mesopotamia, and theirs is the language of the oldest tablets from Nippur which relate to Gilgamesh.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Like Gilgamesh too he crosses great mountains and the river Kur (that is to say the underworld river), before he brings Enmerkar relief from his enemies.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • From the pass where he killed the lions Gilgamesh came to the mountain of the sun with its awful guardians, part man, part dragon with a scorpion’s tail.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • So when Gilgamesh calls on the goddess Ninsun, his divine mother, she goes up to the roof of the temple to offer prayer and sacrifice to the great Sun God.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • There is no need to enter this difficult controversy in order to follow the account of the flood as it stands in the eleventh tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Gilgamesh, the young king of Uruk, wishes to display his power and ambition by building; great walls and temples, as did Sargon of Agade and Gudea of Lagash.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Story Although the gods play a great part in the Epic, in its later form at least, Gilgamesh appears to have been as much a . secular poem as the Odyssey.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Enkidu goes down alive into the Underworld in order to bring back a mysterious and perhaps shamanistic drum and drumstick that Gilgamesh has let fall into it.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Whether or not the fame of Gilgamesh of Uruk had reached the Aegean - and the idea is attractive - there can be no doubt that it was as great as that of any later hero.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
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