The Epic of Gilgamesh

by Andrew George (translator)


Curator Reviews

Jenny Saville

I enjoy reading epic stories from ancient history and in recent years have been reading abridged versions aloud to my kids. This epic poem was found on a series of ancient tablets from Mesopotamia written down over 4,000 years ago, and involves the central character Gilgamesh, an excessive and oppressive leader, and his arduous journey in pursuit of the secrets of immortality. His character evolves through his personal voyage towards accepting death, and you encounter so many tales that you recognize from history.

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Brendan Slocumb

When I was twelve, this one grabbed me and hasn’t let go. This classic is the father of all epics. Babylonian Mythology, crazy battles, and love - it has everything. I’m reading it again now!

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