Gilgamesh among Us

Written By Theodore Ziolkowski
Gilgamesh among Us
  • Publsiher : Cornell University Press
  • Release : 15 December 2011
  • ISBN : 0801463416
  • Pages : 248 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Read or download book entitled Gilgamesh among Us written by Theodore Ziolkowski which was release on 15 December 2011, this book published by Cornell University Press. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: The world's oldest work of literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the adventures of the semimythical Sumerian king of Uruk and his ultimately futile quest for immortality after the death of his friend and companion, Enkidu, a wildman sent by the gods. Gilgamesh was deified by the Sumerians around 2500 BCE, and his tale as we know it today was codified in cuneiform tablets around 1750 BCE and continued to influence ancient cultures—whether in specific incidents like a world-consuming flood or in its quest structure—into Roman times. The epic was, however, largely forgotten, until the cuneiform tablets were rediscovered in 1872 in the British Museum's collection of recently unearthed Mesopotamian artifacts. In the decades that followed its translation into modern languages, the Epic of Gilgamesh has become a point of reference throughout Western culture. In Gilgamesh among Us, Theodore Ziolkowski explores the surprising legacy of the poem and its hero, as well as the epic’s continuing influence in modern letters and arts. This influence extends from Carl Gustav Jung and Rainer Maria Rilke's early embrace of the epic's significance—"Gilgamesh is tremendous!" Rilke wrote to his publisher's wife after reading it—to its appropriation since World War II in contexts as disparate as operas and paintings, the poetry of Charles Olson and Louis Zukofsky, novels by John Gardner and Philip Roth, and episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Xena: Warrior Princess. Ziolkowski sees fascination with Gilgamesh as a reflection of eternal spiritual values—love, friendship, courage, and the fear and acceptance of death. Noted writers, musicians, and artists from Sweden to Spain, from the United States to Australia, have adapted the story in ways that meet the social and artistic trends of the times. The spirit of this capacious hero has absorbed the losses felt in the immediate postwar period and been infused with the excitement and optimism of movements for gay rights, feminism, and environmental consciousness. Gilgamesh is at once a seismograph of shifts in Western history and culture and a testament to the verities and values of the ancient epic.

Gilgamesh among Us

Gilgamesh among Us
  • Author : Theodore Ziolkowski
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-12-15
  • Total pages : 248
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : The world's oldest work of literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the adventures of the semimythical Sumerian king of Uruk and his ultimately futile quest for immortality after the death of his friend and companion, Enkidu, a wildman sent by the gods. Gilgamesh was deified by the Sumerians around 2500 BCE, ...

The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic

The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic
  • Author : Jeffrey H. Tigay
  • Publisher : Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Total pages : 384
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : Special Features- Aims to show how The Gilgamesh Epic developed from its earliest to its latest form- Systematic, step-by-step tracking of the stylistic, thematic, structural, and theological changes in The Gilgamesh Epic- Relation of changes to factors (geographical, political, religious, literary) that may have prompted them- Attempts to identify the ...

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh
  • Author : John R. Maier
  • Publisher : Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Total pages : 491
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : The evolution of the Gilgamesh epic" (1982) / Jeffrey H. Tigay -- From "Gilgamesh in literature and art: the second and first millennia" (1987) / Wilfred G. Lambert -- From "Gilgamesh: sex, love and the ascent of knowledge" (1987) / Benjamin Foster -- "Images of women in the Gilgamesh epic" (1990) / Rivkah Harris -- "The marginalization of ...

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh
  • Author : John Gardner
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-09-28
  • Total pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the ...

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh
  • Author : Stephen Mitchell
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release Date : 2014-02-27
  • Total pages : 285
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : Vivid, enjoyable and comprehensible, the poet and pre-eminent translator Stephen Mitchell makes the oldest epic poem in the world accessible for the first time. Gilgamesh is a born leader, but in an attempt to control his growing arrogance, the Gods create Enkidu, a wild man, his equal in strength and ...

The Archetypal Significance of Gilgamesh

The Archetypal Significance of Gilgamesh
  • Author : Rivkah Schärf Kluger,H. Yehezkel Kluger
  • Publisher : Daimon
  • Release Date : 1991-01-01
  • Total pages : 238
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : A Jungian psychoanalytical interpretation of the Gilgamesh Epic....

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh
  • Author : Yusef Komunyakaa,Chad Gracia
  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-07-01
  • Total pages : 94
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : The first dramatic adaptation of Gilgamesh...

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Hackett Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-02-19
  • Total pages : 128
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : This stirring new version of the great Babylonian epic includes material from the recently discovered "monkey tablet" as well as an Introduction, timeline, glossary, and correspondences between lines of the translation and those of the original texts. "A comprehensive Introduction with a light touch (Beckman), a poetic rendering with verve ...

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh
  • Author : Herbert Mason
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Total pages : 129
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : Presents a verse narrative of the ancient Babylonian epic about love, death, loss, heroes, and friendship, including an historical essay on the original poem....

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh
  • Author : Louise M. Pryke
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-03-15
  • Total pages : 242
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : Gilgamesh focuses on the eponymous hero of the world’s oldest epic and his legendary adventures. However, it also goes further and examines the significance of the story’s Ancient Near Eastern context, and what it tells us about notions of kingship, animality, and the natures of mortality and immortality. ...

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 1973-10-25
  • Total pages : 128
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the ...

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Author : Danny P. Jackson
  • Publisher : Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Total pages : 100
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : -- 15 original woodcut illustrations -- 18 photographs of ancient artifacts This edition aims to reanimate the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu for modern readers. The poetic rendition brings words to life through indelible images. A learned and lucid historical and cultural introduction fills in background for the narrative. An interpretative essay ...

Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels

Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels
  • Author : Alexander Heidel
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 1949
  • Total pages : 269
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : Cuneiform records made some three thousand years ago are the basis for this essay on the ideas of death and the afterlife and the story of the flood which were current among the ancient peoples of the Tigro-Euphrates Valley. With the same careful scholarship shown in his previous volume, The ...

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Author : Maureen Gallery Kovacs
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Total pages : 122
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : Since the discovery over one hundred years ago of a body of Mesopotamian poetry preserved on clay tablets, what has come to be known as the Epic of Gilgamesh has been considered a masterpiece of ancient literature. It recounts the deeds of a hero-king of ancient Mesopotamia, following him through ...

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh
  • Author : Michael Schmidt
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24
  • Total pages : 192
  • ISBN : 0801463416
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Summary : Acclaimed literary historian Schmidt provides a unique meditation on the rediscovery of Gilgamesh and its profound influence on poets today. He describes how the poem is a work in progress even now, an undertaking that has drawn on the talents and obsessions of an unlikely cast of characters, from archaeologists ...