The Epic of Gilgamesh

Introduced by Andrew George

The world’s earliest known work of narrative poetry is one of the most powerful epics ever written

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the world’s earliest known works of narrative poetry and one of the most powerful epics ever written. It tells of the great Babylonian king Gilgamesh, part god and part man, who lives alone until the gods create the wild man Enkidu as his companion. The friends go on great quests, but in doing so they incur the wrath of the gods. When they punish Gilgamesh by slaying his friend, he is driven by grief and despair to seek the secret of immortality. The longevity of this 4,000-year-old poem is testament to its insight into humanity. As Andrew George says, ‘It is at once an adventure story, a critique of tyranny, a study of friendship, a meditation on death and, above all, an examination of one man’s emotional and spiritual development. For Gilgamesh is each one of us, his story an example of every human being’s path from youth to age.’

‘Who is there can rival his kingly standing,
and say like Gilgamesh, “It is I am the king”?
Gilgamesh was his name from the day he was born,
two-thirds of him god and one-third human.’
This is the most complete general edition available, presenting the standard Akkadian version alongside later Babylonian and Sumerian texts. Bold and dramatic illustrations by Francis Mosley evoke the Babylonian origins of the poem.
‘Gilgamesh is stupendous!’ RAINER MARIA RILKE

Production Details

The Epic of Gilgamesh book
  • Introduced and translated by Andrew George.
  • Bound in buckram.
  • Blocked with a design by Francis Mosley.
  • Set in Poliphilus.
  • 248 pages.
  • Frontispiece.
  • 7 colour illustrations.
  • Book size: 10” x 6¾".


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Review by Kylesp722 on 13th Jul 2014

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"Absolutely beautiful book and a very entertaining story. "

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