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By Katherine Callen King

Old Epic bargains a entire and obtainable advent to 6 of the best historic epics – Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apollonius of Rhodes' Agonautica.Provides an obtainable creation to the traditional epicOffers interpretive analyses of poems inside a finished old contextIncludes a close timeline, feedback for additional readings, and an appendix of the Olympian gods and their Akkadian opposite numbers

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Jackson’s rhymed verse (Bolchazy-Carducci, 1982) is interestingly illustrated by Thom Kapheim. K. Sandars’ The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin, 1960) is still in print; readers should be aware that Sandars freely combines the Standard and the Old Babylonian versions. Herbert Mason’s Gilgamesh (Mentor, 1972) is a very free adaptation rather than a translation. For literal translations of the Sumerian epics on the Internet, go to The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature at http://etcsl. htm. Important Mesopotamian stories relevant to the Epic of Gilgamesh have been conveniently collected and translated by Stephanie Dalley in Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others (Oxford, 1998) and by Benjamin R.

This famous episode is called the Judgment of Arms. With Achilles and Aias dead, Odysseus’ strategic skills were foregrounded: he traveled to Skyros and used Achilles’ armor to entice Neoptolemos, Achilles’ son, to join the Greek army; he retrieved Philoktetes from his desert island when an oracle said the Greeks could not take Troy without him; he snuck into Troy disguised as a beggar and got information from Helen; and he snuck in again with Diomedes to steal the Palladium, a statue of Athena that would protect Troy as long as it stayed in its temple.

This quest for physical immortality, punctuated by the constant refrain: “My friend has died. 69–71, 146–148, 246–248) will take up the rest of the epic. The irrevocable loss of a loved one, one loved as dearly as himself, is what teaches Gilgamesh the reality and the fear of death. 251–254). Shamash tries to return him to the city, saying that he will never find what he seeks, but to avail. Gilgamesh persists, at one point outracing the Sun God through the Twin Peaks where he rises and sets, that is, to and past the limit of Shamash’s influence on the living world.

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