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Nancy Katharine Sandars, FSA, FBA (29 June – 20 November ) was a British archaeologist and prehistorian. As an independent scholar, she was never a university academic, she wrote a number of books and a popular translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh. James Fenton chooses between versions of Gilgamesh. Classics translation by NK Sandars, first published in , which is in prose. from the Epic of Gilgamesh REVIEW SKILLS translated by N. K. Sandars Look for examples of the following literary LITERARY FOCUS: EPIC HERO device as.

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The Epics of Gilgamesh, which dates from the third millenium BC, is one of the finest surviving epic poems in world literature. Miraculously preserved on clay tablets deciphered only in the last century, the cycle of poems collected around the character of Gilgamesh, the great king of Uruk, tells of his encounters with monsters and gods and of his friendship with Enkidu, the wild man from the hills.

Also included in the epic is a legend of the Flood, which agrees with many details in the biblical story of Noah. As a mixture of pure adventure, morality and tragedy, the story of Gilgamesh and his futile search for immortality transcends the barriers of time, for it revolves around fundamental forces and human problems common throughout the centuries.

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A New English Version. The Epic of Gilgamesh. Penguin Books Language: Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Is this feature helpful?

Thank you for your feedback. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. See all customer images. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I think which version of this you want depends on why you are reading it.


If you are gilgameeh scholar, this might be your version. I assume it’s close to the original. But the original is fragmented, and unclear, so if you just want to appreciate the story, this is NOT the edition you want. Here’s gipgamesh opening paragraph: And it goes on like this. If you are researching, the faithful representation may be a plus, if you just wanted to sandarz familiar with the story, as I did, you’ll want a different edition.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. An amazing epic entailing the life of Gilgamesh, a king by birthright who is two-thirds divine, gilgammesh he encounters his only equal. Together with the wild man, Enkidu, Gilgamesh wrestles with the bull of heaven and takes on the guardian of a divine gilgamrsh.

This tale depicts an all-but-immortal man as he fights against the control of his gods and struggles with the inevitability of his eventual demise. This edition of the Epic of Gilgamesh contains multiple translations of the story, each based upon the various tablets that have been uncovered.

The author gives their input on the story as you read, as well as any relevant background information, to aid you in understanding each tablet. This book was fantastic and I highly recommend it to history nerds, epic fans, and anyone who appreciates a good story. Needed it for a college class.

Make sure you buy the right copy of this book because there are different translations and formats. This particular version could be better because the print is pretty small and close together on the page where other versions have more pages with bigger font.

A spellbinding journey backwards in time, from the standard Babylonian version of the epic to the much older Sumerian poems from which it slowly evolved. I bought this for my daughter for a school project and she enjoyed the book which means a she either lied or b is kind of a nerd, or c both.

The good news is we still have the book at home. Sandars prose version, and Andrew George’s verse translation this one. I felt like I understood Geroge’s version much better than the prose version.

The Epic Of Gilgamesh

The intro of the text is divided in 3 parts. I found the last two parts “The setting of the epic,” and “The epic in its context: I did not like the first part, “Gilgamesh and Ancient Mesopotamian Literature,” because it was largely a history of how the tablets were discovered. The way the text is written out with brackets, ellipsis, and so forth lets you see what is available in the Gilgamesh tablets.


I liked this because I was able to compare it alongside the prose version and see what was likely added on by N. The parts that did coincide with both of the texts was highly moving even though sometimes it was simplistic.

But I guess that is what makes Gilgamesh a classic: Overall, this thrilled me. This is the first work of ancient literature I have ever attempted to read of my own free will.

It was a good choice. The translation was very easy to read and flowed nicely. I would not be the one to comment further on the quality of the translation, though and won’t gilganesh reading multiple versions of Gilgamesh to make comparisons.

Coming from a novice reader of ancient works though, this seemed to be the right speed. The story is simple and direct with clear lessons, and though I may get slammed by other reviewers for saying this, it read a lot like the Bible.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the book to me was the story of the flood, which is almost identical to the story of Noah and the Ark in Genesis. It has certainly opened my mind to how these stories, though time, have translated through different cultures, and how people have made them their own.

Perhaps my favorite thing about this book is it has golgamesh me up to reading more of these ancient stories, like the Iliad. See all reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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