By: Stephen Mitchell

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Profile Trade: Profile Books, 2005. Vivid, enjoyable and comprehensive, the poet and pre-eminent translator Stephen Mitchell makes the oldest epic poem in the world accessible for the first time<p> <I>Gilgamesh: a wild bull of a man, tall<br><br>beyond all others, violent, splendid,<br><br>power made flesh, supreme<br><br>among mortals, a born leader of men</i><br><br>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 courage. Enkidu is trapped by a temple prostitute, civilised through sexual experience and brought to Gilgamesh. They become best friends and battle evil together. After Enkidu's death the distraught Gilgamesh sets out on a journey to find Utnapishtim, the survivor of the Great Flood, who has been made immortal by the Gods to ask him the secret of life and death. <i>Gilgamesh</i> is the first and remains one of the most important works of world literature. Written in ancient Mesopotamia in the third millennium B.C., it predates the <i>Iliad</i> by roughly 1,500 years. <i>Gilgamesh</I> is extraordinarily modern in its emotional power but it also provides an insight into the values of an ancient culture and civilisation. Dramatic and highly charged, Mitchell's lively interpretation opens up this famous epic poem for the contemporary reader.<p><p>. Hardback. New.

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