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By Katherine Callen King

ISBN-10: 1118255348

ISBN-13: 9781118255346

Historical Epic deals a finished and available creation to 6 of the best old epics – Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apollonius of Rhodes' Agonautica.

- offers an available advent to the traditional epic
- deals interpretive analyses of poems inside of a accomplished old context
- features a exact timeline, feedback for additional readings, and an appendix of the Olympian gods and their Akkadian counterparts

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Enkidu, persuaded that these cultural benefits are worth the cost, grows calm and blesses her. Soon, however, he is disturbed by a dream of the Netherworld, a place of darkness and dust whose inhabitants eat clay and wear feathers. Unfortunately forty lines of this vision have been lost, but we have enough to know that there is nothing desirable there. Enkidu takes twelve days to die, and Gilgamesh the monster slayer can do nothing to save him. Gilgamesh’s first response to Enkidu’s death is to tell his story in a long lament, thus creating a memorial in words.

This moment marks the beginning of the last, short movement of the epic. Gilgamesh’s return to civilization begins when he obeys Utanapishtim’s order to bathe, put on clean royal clothes, and cover his head with a cloth. That is, he discards signs of mourning and accepts the reality of life. He goes back home as if new born – and as a king again. No longer solitary, he has Urshanabi as companion all the way back. 10 The last words of the hero and of the epic circle back to the admiration of Uruk expressed in Sin-leqe-unninni’s proem.

History of Religions 26, 2 (November 1986), 143–187, analyzes Ishtar’s proposal of marriage as a deceptive offer for Gilgamesh to become her consort in the Netherworld, where he would become a source of life for others but lose his own human identity. The Bull represents “the old order” and seasonal cycles which now must “give way to assertions of will” (178). The second article, “The Development and Meaning of the Epic of Gilgamesh: An Interpretive Essay,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 121, 4 (2001), 614–622, analyzes changes in meaning from the Old Babylonian (1700 BCE) to the eleven tablet Standard Version (1500–1000 BCE) to what he believes is a meaningful Twelve-Tablet version.

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