Ancient Epic by Katherine Callen King

By Katherine Callen King

Old Epic bargains a accomplished and available advent to 6 of the best historical epics – Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apollonius of Rhodes' Agonautica.

- presents an obtainable advent to the traditional epic
- bargains interpretive analyses of poems inside of a accomplished historic context
- features a unique timeline, feedback for extra readings, and an appendix of the Olympian gods and their Akkadian counterparts

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Second he creates a magnificent statue, that is, a permanent image. Third he puts on a state funeral with splendid gifts for Enkidu to take to the underworld gods. 58–60, 135–137, 235–237). The sight of the disintegrating body being eaten by worms brings home to Gilgamesh the full horror of death and impels him to begin his greatest quest: a journey beyond the confines of the human world to wrest the secret of physical immortality from Flood survivor Utanapishtim (“He Who Saw Life”). This quest for physical immortality, punctuated by the constant refrain: “My friend has died.

7 As he lies dying, Enkidu curses the huge cedar door he had built for Enlil’s temple. He curses the hunter who first brought him to the attention of Gilgamesh. Last and at greatest length he curses Shamhat, the woman who made him a civilized human being. At this point, however, Shamash intervenes and reminds him of the benefits he acquired through her: haute cuisine, haute couture, a beloved friend who will mourn him, and elaborate funeral ritual. Enkidu, persuaded that these cultural benefits are worth the cost, grows calm and blesses her.

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. Gilgamesh’s journey qualifies as a descent to the underworld, which is a common motif in quest epics and a mark of the greatest of heroes. 80–170). 171–190). 79–80). Gilgamesh is pointed the way to the Waters of Death by Shiduri, the tavern keeper.

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