Gilgamesh the Hero

This is one of the oldest stories in the world, and it's about things that still matter to us today: friendship, fame, courage, happiness.

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0802852629

Category: Juvenile Fiction

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This is one of the oldest stories in the world, and it's about things that still matter to us today: friendship, fame, courage, happiness. Gilgamesh and Enkidu are friends -- best friends. Together they can work wonders, fight monsters, brave earthquakes, travel the world! But waiting in the dark is the one enemy they can never overcome. Retold by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean, and illustrated with great power by David Parkins, Gilgamesh the Hero is a story that will linger in the imagination long after the book has been put down.

Gilgamesh the Hero

A retelling, based on seventh-century B.C. Assyrian clay tablets, of the wanderings and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 B.C., and of his faithful companion, Enkidu.

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Publisher: Eerdmans Young Readers

ISBN: 0802852629

Category: Juvenile Fiction

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A retelling, based on seventh-century B.C. Assyrian clay tablets, of the wanderings and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 B.C., and of his faithful companion, Enkidu.

The Archetypal Significance of Gilgamesh

A Jungian psychoanalytical interpretation of the Gilgamesh Epic.

Author: Rivkah Schärf Kluger

Publisher: Daimon

ISBN: 9783856305239

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

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A Jungian psychoanalytical interpretation of the Gilgamesh Epic.

The Hero King Gilgamesh

A retelling, based on Assyrian clay tablets written in the seventh century BC, of the legendary exploits and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 BC.

Author: Irving Finkel

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0844247014

Category: Folklore

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A retelling, based on Assyrian clay tablets written in the seventh century BC, of the legendary exploits and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 BC.

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Author: Benjamin Winter

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:231656366

Category: Gilgamesh

Page: 134

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The Hero s Journey

“The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Hero's Journey,” by Merritt Moseley, university of
north Carolina at Asheville One definition of a hero is a person who, through
genius or courage or might, can accomplish what a normal person cannot. By this
 ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780791098035

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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Explores the literary theme of the hero's journey in twenty essays covering works by authors as varied as Virgil and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Gilgamesh

In this volume, Louise M. Pryke provides a unique perspective to consider many foundational aspects of Mesopotamian life, such as the significance of love and family, the conceptualisation of life and death, and the role of religious ...

Author: Louise M. Pryke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317506706

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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. In this volume, Louise M. Pryke provides a unique perspective to consider many foundational aspects of Mesopotamian life, such as the significance of love and family, the conceptualisation of life and death, and the role of religious observance. The final chapter assesses the powerful influence of Gilgamesh on later works of ancient literature, from the Hebrew Bible, to the Odyssey, to The Tales of the Arabian Nights, and his reception through to the modern era. Gilgamesh is an invaluable tool for anyone seeking to understand this fascinating figure, and more broadly, the relevance of Near Eastern myth in the classical world and beyond.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Among them are objects not only from the era thought to include the reign of
Gilgamesh the king , but objects suggesting the evolution and synthesis of tales
of Gilgamesh the mythical hero into a variety of later cultures . The captions by
Robert ...

Author: Danny P. Jackson

Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

ISBN: 0865163529

Category: Poetry

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-- 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 reviews the themes of Gilgamesh and their echoes in other literature. The total is a new edition that delights, informs, and stimulates readers to a new appreciation of this age-old tale.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Translated into English and presented here in its entirety as a graphic novel, this version of THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH is a father/son project by scholar and translator Kent H. Dixon and his son, the comix artist Kevin Dixon, who bring a ...

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Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 9781609807948

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

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THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH is the Uhr epic--the hero's journey, quest, and education--inscribed onto damp clay tablets several millennia before Odysseus or the priest of Ecclesiastes found their voices. Sumerian versions of the epic date back almost 5000 years. It is a Bildungsroman of a bad king learning to become a proper human being and therefore a wise king, and to do so, besides defeating lions and monsters and surviving great physical and emotional suffering, he must face, and answer, the first (and last) great question: mortality. Translated into English and presented here in its entirety as a graphic novel, this version of THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH is a father/son project by scholar and translator Kent H. Dixon and his son, the comix artist Kevin Dixon, who bring a fresh take on this great work. The reader is slowed down by the artwork and visual jokes and the artist's wry hat-tippings to various masters (Crumb and Gilbert Shelton alongside Schultz and Capp, Popeye and Krazy Kat, Uderzo's Astérix and Hergé's Tintin), and then, once the reading pace has shifted into lower gear, having all these aspects complementarily drawn out, makes for an especially satisfying counterpoint to the low-key, the wise and cynical and morally sophisticated, and sometimes sublimely Olympian humor.

Gilgamesh

Presents a verse narrative of the ancient Babylonian epic about love, death, loss, heroes, and friendship, including an historical essay on the original poem.

Author: Herbert Mason

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618275649

Category: Poetry

Page: 129

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Presents a verse narrative of the ancient Babylonian epic about love, death, loss, heroes, and friendship, including an historical essay on the original poem.

The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic

It tells the fascinating and moving story of Gilgamesh's heroic deeds and lonely quest for immortality. This book collects for the first time all the known sources in the original cuneiform, including many fragments never published before.

Author: A. R. George

Publisher:

ISBN: 0199278423

Category: Epic poetry, Assyro-Babylonian

Page: 986

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Trickster and Hero

In the second half of the epic, Gilgamesh, having lost his friend and brother, must
pass through stages of melancholia ... Trickster, the Engine of the Movement: the
gods and Enkidu Disguise: Enkidu as Gilgamesh Hero: Gilgamesh (move to ...

Author: Harold Scheub

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299290733

Category: Literary Criticism

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The trickster and the hero, found in so many of the world’s oral traditions, are seemingly opposed but often united in one character. Trickster and Hero provides a comparative look at a rich array of world oral traditions, folktales, mythologies, and literatures—from The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Beowulf to Native American and African tales. Award-winning folklorist Harold Scheub explores the “Trickster moment,” the moment in the story when the tale, the teller, and the listener are transformed: we are both man and woman, god and human, hero and villain. Scheub delves into the importance of trickster mythologies and the shifting relationships between tricksters and heroes. He examines protagonists that figure centrally in a wide range of oral narrative traditions, showing that the true hero is always to some extent a trickster as well. The trickster and hero, Scheub contends, are at the core of storytelling, and all the possibilities of life are there: we are taken apart and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, defeated and renewed.

The Hero and the Sea

Chapter II Gilgamesh and the Heroic Confrontation with Death The Gilgamesh
Epic is one of the world's first great ... Its hero was a historical figure, a king of the
Sumerian city of Uruk (also called Erech), who lived in the first half of the third ...

Author: Donald H. Mills

Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

ISBN: 9780865165083

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Ancient myths about watery chaos uniquely transcend time and culture to speak to the universal human condition as expression to the hopes, aspirations and fears that have defined--for ancient thinkers as well as modern scientists--what it means to be human in a chaotic world. "The Hero and the Sea examines the mythological pattern of heroic battles with watery chaos in the "Gilgamesh Epic, the "Iliad, the "Odyssey, and the Old Testament, in the light of anthropology, comparative religion, literature, mythology, psychology, and modern chaos theory; how mythic patterns of heroic battle with chaotic adversaries respond to the cultural needs, religious concerns, and worldview of their audience. The last chapter explores points of contact between the ancient mythic patterns and the discoveries of modern scholars engaged in the theoretical study of chaos and chaotics.

Gilgamesh among Us

The continuing vitality of the epic is suggested by its worldwide popularity
reaching from England and France to Australia in books for children, such as
Damian Morgan's Gil's Quest, Geraldine McCaughrean's Gilgamesh the Hero,
Nicole ...

Author: Theodore Ziolkowski

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801463426

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.

The Hittite Gilgamesh

This volume offers an edition of the material from Bogazkoy, which has been of particular importance to modern scholars in reconstructing the epic and analyzing its development, since it documents a period in the history of the narrative's ...

Author: Gary M. Beckman

Publisher: Journal of Cuneiform Studies S

ISBN: 194848806X

Category: History

Page: 250

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From the late third millennium BCE on, the adventures of Gilgamesh were well known throughout Babylonia and Assyria, and the discovery of fragmentary Akkadian-language fragments of versions of his tale at Bogazkoy, Ugarit, Emar, and Megiddo in Palestine demonstrates that tales of the hero's exploits had reached the periphery of the cuneiform world already in the Late Bronze Age. In addition to the manuscripts in the Hittite language recounting Gilgamesh's adventures, two Akkadian versions and fragmentary Hurrian renderings have turned up at the Hittite capital Hattusa. This volume offers an edition of the material from Bogazkoy, which has been of particular importance to modern scholars in reconstructing the epic and analyzing its development, since it documents a period in the history of the narrative's progressive restructuring and elaboration for which very few textual witnesses have yet been recovered from Mesopotamia itself. And it is this very Middle Babylonian or Kassite period to which scholarly consensus assigns the composition of the final, canonical, version of the epic.

The Hero Journey in Literature

Among the 40,000 pieces of tablets now scattered in museums all over the world,
we have the oldest versions of the hero journey in our literary tradition. These
stories (of Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and Inanna) may well have been passed along ...

Author: Evans Lansing Smith

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761805095

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 498

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This book provides an overview of the hero journey theme in literature, from antiquity to the present, with a focus on the imagery of the rites of passage in human life (initiation at adolescence, mid-life, and death). This is the only book to focus on the major works of the literary tradition, detailing discussions of the hero journey in major literary texts. Included are chapters on the literature of Antiquity (Sumerian, Egyptian, Biblical, Greek, and Roman), the Middle Ages (with emphasis on the Arthurian Romance), the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Pope, Fielding, the Arabian Nights, and Alchemical Illustration), Romanticism and Naturalism (Coleridge, Selected Grimm's Tales, Bront%, Bierce, Whitman, Twain, Hawthorne, E.T.A. Hoffman, Rabindranath Tagore), and Modernism to Contemporary (Joyce, Gilman, Alifa Rifaat, Bellow, Lessing, Pynchon, Eudora Welty).

The Epic of Gilgamesh

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.

Author: Maureen Gallery Kovacs

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804717117

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 122

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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 adventures and encounters with men and gods alike. Yet the central concerns of the Epic lie deeper than the lively and exotic story line: they revolve around a man’s eternal struggle with the limitations of human nature, and encompass the basic human feelings of lonliness, friendship, love, loss, revenge, and the fear of oblivion of death. These themes are developed in a distinctly Mesopotamian idiom, to be sure, but with a sensitivity and intensity that touch the modern reader across the chasm of three thousand years. This translation presents the Epic to the general reader in a clear narrative.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Pinches ' discovery pointed conclusively to the popular pronunciation of the hero '
s name as Gilgamesh ; and since Aelian ( De natura Animalium XII , 2 ) mentions
a Babylonian personage Gilgamos ( though what he tells us of Gilgamos does ...

Author: Morris Jastrow

Publisher: Book Tree

ISBN: 1585092142

Category: History

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This epic poem is the oldest known to exist in history, predating Homer's Iliad by about 1500 years. Gilgamesh, the hero, discovers he has godly blood, so sets out on a journey to the land of the gods in an attempt to gain entry. It is of ancient Sumerian origin, from the land called Mesopotamia. It is an important work for those studying ancient literature, history and mythology. This Babylonian version is one of the oldest known, if not the oldest. Later renditions are more common and seem to embellish the story, so this work is important for serious researchers. From the standpoint of literature alone, it is also an interesting tale that is enjoyable to read.

Mesopotamia

There is very little of Uruk left today, but it was a very important city when
Gilgamesh was king. The city had ... The hero set out to find Utnapishtim, the ruler
of another Sumerian city who was said to have found the secret of eternal life.
The way ...

Author: Lorna Oakes

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781435851726

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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Step back in time to explore Mesopotamiathe Land Between the Two Rivers, one of the most ancient of all civilizations. Investigate how the Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians were among the first to develop writing, mathematics, and the science of astronomy. Practical projects actively involve you in understanding the past: make a set of lion weights to weigh your most precious possessions, design a tunic fit for an Assyrian king, and construct a musical lyre.

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

The hero Gilgamesh, in his quest for immortality, seeks out Utnapishtim, Noah's
counterpart, who in the first person tells him the story of the universal flood and
how he survived it. m. In contrast to the universal degeneracy of contemporary ...

Author: Karel van der Toorn

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802824919

Category: Religion

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The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (DDD) is the single major reference work on the gods, angels, demons, spirits, and semidivine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. Book jacket.