This is a literary and historical introduction to The Epic of Gilgamesh , published in a series on the great works of world literature that seems to target the general audience rather than the specialist. Sallaberger stresses that the format of the book is not meant for an extensive interpretive study. And yet, going beyond the expectations of such a basic work, the book provides a richness and depth of discussion that would also appeal to academics both outside and in the field of ancient Near Eastern Studies. In this sense, it is as much a scholarly essay on the Gilgamesh tradition as it is a service especially to a readership in German.

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Despite the problems caused by the Corona-virus our Webshop and the contact forms on our website are fully available. You may also address your inquiries to customer-relations universaledition. Thank you for your understanding if our answer takes longer as usual because of the current restrictions. Your Universal Edition Team. The Epic of Gilgamesch is a large Assyrian-Babylonian poem written in cuneiform script on clay tablets probably dating back to the 7th century BC or even to earlier times.

Despite our enormous progress due to technology and industrialisation I thought that the questions and feelings which preoccupy people are still the same. We find these topics in the literature of ancient peoples which has survived as well as in our own.

They revolve around friendship, love and death. The Gilgamesch-Epos expresses intensely and with almost painful anxiety the wish to find answers to these questions, answers we have still not found. My composition deals with the following events: Gilgamesch, the great king of Uruk, is dreaded and worshipped like a god.

He becomes the friend of a strange man named Enkidu who is the original man in his natural state. For a long time he has lived ignorantly and carelessly. The animals he defended were his friends. To win the faith of this dangerous opponent Gilgamesch sends a woman to him, a dancer from the temple of Istar, who seduces him. Having lost his innocence, the animals fear Enkidu and flee as soon as he approaches. He follows the woman to the town where you eat bread and drink wine, where you go dancing and partying.

His way of life changes immediately but he understands that he has to work to make his living. He becomes pale. There comes a moment when he remembers his youth with regret. He fights against Gilgamesch but finally they become comrades in arms. The heroes become close friends. One day Enkidu falls ill.

Gilgamesch observes him - for one day, two days, eleven days; then he does not move, he is dead. The question of death, previously unknown to Gilgamesch, arises.

He does not understand that Enkidu is gone for ever, "that it was the earth who took him away". He starts to worry about himself and his life. He implores the gods to give him back his friend. But the gods stay silent, he does not get a reply. Gilgamesch begins to search for immortality but he now knows: "Only gods live for ever, the days of human beings are numbered.

Therefore you should always enjoy yourself, day and night, be happy and content, night and day". He utters passionate pleas, he implores the gods to allow him to meet his friend Enkidu again, if only for a moment. By the power of his entreaty the earth opens and Enkidu's ghost appears like smoke. Gilgamesch asks him anxiously what he has seen in this other, unknown world. The epos ends with this dramatic and extremely gloomy monologue. Universal Edition We shape the future of music.

Search Shopping cart Your shopping cart is empty. Purchase information. Work introduction The Epic of Gilgamesch is a large Assyrian-Babylonian poem written in cuneiform script on clay tablets probably dating back to the 7th century BC or even to earlier times. Bohuslav Martin? Translation: Dorit Luczak.

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