See, for instance, Andrew George's dismissal of what appears here as chapter 5 ("The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Homeric Epics") as unsubstantiated (The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic
: Introduction, Critical Edition and Cuneiform Texts [Oxford, Oxford Univ.
(13.) Ancient Mesopotamian literature includes the Gilgamesh Epic
, a flood story that differs significantly from the monotheistic biblical narrative.
The Gilgamesh epic
also describes sexuality as a potent force that distinguishes humans from beasts.
Other titles, including "How to Read a Book'' (1940), "The Gilgamesh Epic
and Old Testament'' (1946), "The Coming of the Mormons'' (1953), "The Day Christ was Born'' (1959), "The Old Testament in Art'' (1971), "The New Testament in Art'' (1971) and "Reporters' Ethics'' (1978) were all listed as being never checked out.
The Gilgamesh epic
is the story of a ruler who was shown the honorable path, but ignored it and suffered the consequences.
* a garden paradise of god(s) in the East (e.g., Enki and Ninhursag; Gilgamesh Epic
Thus, the bible story of Noah's flood is said to have been adapted from the Babylonian national epic, The Gilgamesh Epic
, said to have been in existence long before the Bible was written.
In this book, Obhodjas has collaborated with Boulus to produce a literary arabesque, a dance in which first one, then the other, addresses themes including mentorship, books, the Gilgamesh epic
, education of the young, and confrontation with the police.
And also what interested me about the Gilgamesh epic
is that it forced me to borrow a depth of feeling from so many other mythological and even Biblical texts.
George, The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic
[Oxford, 2003], pp.
There's still more from these guys: Friedman is writing the music and co-writing lyrics for Playwrights Horizon's "Saved," a high-profile Off Broadway tuner adaptation of the satirical indie film, while on the overflowing back burner there are two more shows, one musical about urban development in Brooklyn and one retelling of the Gilgamesh epic
See also Jeremy Black and Anthony Green, Gods, Demons, and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992): Stephanie Dalley, Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998); Alexander Heidel, The Gilgamesh Epic
and Old Testament Parallels (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972); David Damrosch, The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (New York: Henry Holt, 2007).