Epic of Gilgamesh
By John Harris
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An Annotated Prose Rendition Based upon the Original Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Hittite Tablets With Supplementary Sumerian Texts and Selected Sumerian Proverbs *** You may purchase a copy from Amazon.com Here! *** Educators interested in the complete annotated manuscript may request one from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
||CleanIntroduction to the Text||A brief introduction to the Epic: its origin and significance to our lives. *** Image is of the famed eleventh tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, in which the tale of the Flood is related. Now housed in the British Museum,||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrologue||Preamble to the adventures, introducing Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and alluding to the goddess Ishtar whose presence is preeminent among all divinity in this tale, and in whose temple are kept the tablets which are to be read to tell this tale.||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAdventure of Enkidu||The Adventure of Enkidu continues tablet I of the Epic and finishes on tablet II. It is supplemented by Bablyonian material where the Akkadian text is damaged. Gilgamesh is a young king of Uruk, arrogant, and overbearing. He so abuses his auth||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdventure of Forests of Cedar (Part 1)||The text of this episode is much damaged in both the Akkadian and the Babylonian series; rather than indicating the frequent gaps and ambiguities, the text is reconstructed from the best sources, including the more ancient Sumerian. Much is conj||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdventure of Forests of Cedar (Part 2)||The conclusion of the adventure, the confron-tation with Humbaba. *** The image is a Sumerian clay model of the face of Humbaba, said to be the image of coiled intestines. Music excerpt is||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdventure of the Halub Tree||This is the heavily damaged twelfth tablet in the Gilgamesh Epic found in the royal library of Ninevah. It’s content is disconcerting to scholars as the final chapter to the Epic, because so ranked it would seemingly resurrect Enkidu from the dead||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdventure of Lugalbanda and the Anzud Bird||Lugalbanda, the ostensible father of Gilgamesh, whose statue stood in his bedroom, which he reverentially anointed with butter, and to which he addressed his private thoughts, appeared in important Sumerian legends that told how he had become King of Ur||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5,000 Year Old Proverbs||This is my favorite Sumerian artifact. A so-called “devotional statue,” it dates to 2600 B.C., representing what scholars believe is a married couple. This statue was found buried beneath the floor of a shrine at Nippur in Iraq and||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdventure of the Bull of Heaven (Part 1)||The image is the “Queen of the Night,” a relief of Old Babylonian Empire (1800-1750 BC); it is now housed in the British Museum. This large plaque is made of baked straw-tempered clay, modeled in high relief. The figure of the curvaceous||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdventure of the Bull of Heaven (Part 2)||A modern clay impression of a Neo-Assyrian cylinder seal, circa 7th century BCE. One of only five with this motif that have survived. Height: 3.9 cm. Diameter: 1.6 cm. Enkidu, on the left, wears a short kilt decorated with rosettes, hair and beard in||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wanderings of Gilgamesh (Part 1)||The last three tablets-----number nine, ten and eleven----from the Royal Library of Nineveh comprise the conclusion of the Epic, beginning with the wanderings of Gilgamesh, his passage through the mountain Mashu, through which the sun passes making day||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wanderings of Gilgamesh (Part 2)||In this conclusion of the Epic Gilgamesh has wandered from his home, his wife, his children, his people, has given up his kingdom and power, all that was a comfort and a pleasure, all that meant life to him, because of the death of his brother Enkidu. M||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeaning of the Text||Summing up the meaning; reconsidering the traditional interpretation.||7/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
Thank you for this pod cast - some kids are audio learners and this pod cast paired with the book for school is wonderful!!!
A perfect mix of storytelling and context for humanity's oldest surviving literature.
An artistic analysis of the classic of classics
The modern music is a perfect choice for this 2400 year old heroic poem.