Ancient History & Civilisation

The Epic Of Gilgamesh

The Epic Of Gilgamesh

A great king, strong as the stars in Heaven. Enkidu, a wild and mighty hero, is created by the gods to challenge the arrogant King Gilgamesh. But instead of killing each other, the two become friends. Travelling together to the Cedar Forest, they fight and slay the evil monster Humbaba. But when Enkidu is killed, his death haunts and breaks the mighty Gilgamesh. Terrified of mortality, he resolves to find the secret of eternal life.

Introduction

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

PROLOGUE: GILGAMESH KING IN URUK

Chapter 1. THE COMING OF ENKIDU

Chapter 2. THE FOREST JOURNEY

Chapter 3. ISHTAR AND GILGAMESH, AND THE DEATH OF ENKIDU

Chapter 4. THE SEARCH FOR EVERLASTING LIFE

Chapter 5. THE STORY OF THE FLOOD

Chapter 6. THE RETURN

Chapter 7. THE DEATH OF GILGAMESH

GLOSSARY OF NAMES

APPENDIX: SOURCES