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This translation is a verse rendering of The Epic of Gilgamesh, the cycle of Babylonian poems preserved on clay tablets surviving from ancient Mesopotamia of the third millennium B.C. One of the best and most important piece of epic poetry from human history, predating even Homer's Iliad by roughly 1,500 years, the Gilgamesh epic tells of the various adventures of that hero-king, including his quest for immortality and an account of a great flood similar in many details to the Old Testament's story of Noah. Kovacs's edition is satisfying both for its engaging verse translation of the poem itself, as well as for the introduction and appendix that provide historical context, and not least for photographs of Mesopotamian art and of one the actual clay tablets. The tablet was broken into several pieces and incompletely reconstructed, demonstrating the difficulty of the translator's task.
Whatever else this may be it is not boring. Unfortunately, there are holes in the text that one could throw a truck through. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by James H. McDuffie
i don't know...i met a friend once who lectured me for about an hour on gilgamesh...i went straight to my computer and bought the damned book.
could not finish it... Read more
I read this with almost no familiarization with things Mesopotamian. The story itself is cryptic and many parts are still missing, but Kovacs organized the book so that there is a... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2000 by Robert Anderson
I have read the Gilgamesh Epic in several literary books and none of them come close to the way that this book translates the story. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by Roy L. Daman
What's great about this translation is its lack of pretentiousness. It's not bogged down by trying to be overly poetic, or cheapened by trying to be to modern. Read morePublished on March 22 2000
I think it's safe to say that I've read them all, or at least, all versions of the Epic of Gilgamesh available in English. This is the best. Read morePublished on March 6 2000 by David Elliott
Just discovered Gilgamesh and it blew my mind. I've been reading every book I am able to get on this subject. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2000
The book did not seem to catch my interest. words and phrases kept being repeated which started to get anoying at times. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 1999