The Epic of GilgameshThe Epic of Gilgamesh
N.K. Sandars, trans.
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Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the greatest of the heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the third millennium BC. Together they journey to the Cedar Forest, slay the monster Humbaba and defeat the Bull of Heaven. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh's grief and fear of death are such that they lead him to undertake a quest for eternal life. A timeless tale of morality, tragedy, and pure adventure, The Epic of Gilgamesh is a landmark literary exploration of a man's search for immortality.
N. K. Sandars's lucid, accessible translation is prefaced by a detailed introduction that examines the narrative and historical context of the work. This edition also includes a glossary of names and a map of the Ancient Orient.

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Map of the Ancient Orient


1. The History of the Epic
2. The Discovery of the Tablets
3. The Historical Background
4. The Literary Background
5. The Hero of the Epic
6. The Principal Gods of the Epic
7. The Story
8. Survival
9. The Diction of the Epic
10. Remarks on this Version


Prologue: Gilgamesh King in Uruk
1. The Coming of Enkidu
2. The Forest Journey
3. Ishtar and Gilgamesh, and the Death of Enkidu
4. The Search for Everlasting Life
5. The Story of the Flood
6. The Return
7. The Death of Gilgamesh

Glossary of Names
Appendix: Sources