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The Epic of Gilgamesh - Old Babylonian and Standard versions (Illustrated)

por Book 73

 Regarded by many as the oldest major work of literature, the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ is an ancient Mesopotamian text recorded on stone tablets in the Akkadian language, concerning the adventures of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk. The first surviving version of this combined epic, known as the Old Babylonian version, dates to the 18th century BC, while the later and much longer Standard version dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents both versions of the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’, with multiple translations, related illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to the epic saga
* Concise introduction to the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’
* Images of how the epic was first written, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* OLD BABYLONIAN VERSION translated by Albert Tobias Clay and Morris Jastrow
* STANDARD VERSION translated by R. Campbell Thompson
* Also includes the first ever English translation of the epic by George Smith, appearing in THE CHALDAEAN ACCOUNT OF GENESIS
* Features Leonidas Le Cenci Hamilton’s poetic translation ISHTAR AND IZDUBAR
* Easily locate the sections and tablets you want to read with individual contents tables
* Three contextual books to aid your study of Assyrian and Babylonian literature, including Sayce’s seminal work BABYLONIANS AND ASSYRIANS, LIFE AND CUSTOMS
* Scholarly ordering of texts


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CONTENTS:


The Epic of Gilgamesh
BRIEF INTRODUCTION: EPIC OF GILGAMESH
OLD BABYLONIAN VERSION
STANDARD VERSION
THE CHALDAEAN ACCOUNT OF GENESIS
ISHTAR AND IZDUBAR


The Contextual Works
BABYLONIANS AND ASSYRIANS, LIFE AND CUSTOMS by A. H. Sayce
BABYLONIAN AND ASSYRIAN LAWS, CONTRACTS AND LETTERS by C. H. W. Johns
ASSYRIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY: A SOURCE STUDY by A. T. Olmstead


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Beowulf : An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem

por Anonymous

Beowulf : An Anglo-Saxon Epic PoemThis book
include BEOWULF’S History and criticism. And John Lesslie Hall’s biography and
his works.               


Hrothgar, king of
the Danes, or Scyldings, builds a great mead-hall, or palace, in which he hopes
to feast his liegemen and to give them presents. The joy of king and retainers
is, however, of short duration. Grendel, the monster, is seized with hateful
jealousy. He cannot brook the sounds of joyance that reach him down in his
fen-dwelling near the hall. Oft and anon he goes to the joyous building, bent
on direful mischief. Thane after thane is ruthlessly carried off and devoured,
while no one is found strong enough and bold enough to cope with the monster.
For twelve years he persecutes Hrothgar and his vassals. 


Over sea, a day’s
voyage off, Beowulf, of the Geats, nephew of Higelac, king of the Geats, hears
of Grendel’s doings and of Hrothgar’s misery. He resolves to crush the fell
monster and relieve the aged king. With fourteen chosen companions, he sets
sail for Dane-land. Reaching that country, he soon persuades Hrothgar of his
ability to help him. The hours that elapse before night are spent in
beer-drinking and conversation. When Hrothgar’s bedtime comes he leaves the
hall in charge of Beowulf, telling him that never before has he given to
another the absolute wardship of his palace. All retire to rest, Beowulf, as it
were, sleeping upon his arms. 


Grendel comes, the
great march-stepper, bearing God’s anger. He seizes and kills one of the
sleeping warriors. Then he advances towards Beowulf. A fierce and desperate
hand-to-hand struggle ensues. No arms are used, both combatants trusting to
strength and hand-grip. Beowulf tears Grendel’s shoulder from its socket, and
the monster retreats to his den, howling and yelling with agony and fury. The
wound is fatal.


The next morning,
at early dawn, warriors in numbers flock to the hall Heorot, to hear the news.
Joy is boundless. Glee runs high. Hrothgar and his retainers are lavish of
gratitude and of gifts. 


Grendel’s mother,
however, comes the next night to avenge his death. She is furious and raging.
While Beowulf is sleeping in a room somewhat apart from the quarters of the
other warriors, she seizes one of Hrothgar’s favorite counsellors, and carries
him off and devours him. Beowulf is called. Determined to leave Heorot entirely
purified, he arms himself, and goes down to look for the female monster. After
traveling through the waters many hours, he meets her near the sea-bottom. She
drags him to her den. There he sees Grendel lying dead. After a desperate and
almost fatal struggle with the woman, he slays her, and swims upward in
triumph, taking with him Grendel’s head. 


Joy is renewed at
Heorot. Congratulations crowd upon the victor. Hrothgar literally pours treasures
into the lap of Beowulf; and it is agreed among the vassals of the king that
Beowulf will be their next liegelord. 


Beowulf leaves
Dane-land. Hrothgar weeps and laments at his departure. 


When the hero
arrives in his own land, Higelac treats him as a distinguished guest. He is the
hero of the hour. 


Beowulf
subsequently becomes king of his own people, the Geats. After he has been
ruling for fifty years, his own neighborhood is wofully harried by a
fire-spewing dragon. Beowulf determines to kill him. In the ensuing struggle
both Beowulf and the dragon are slain. The grief of the Geats is inexpressible.
They determine, however, to leave nothing undone to honor the memory of their
lord. A great funeral-pyre is built, and his body is burnt. Then a memorial-barrow
is made, visible from a great distance, that sailors afar may be constantly
reminded of the prowess of the national hero of Geatland.


The poem closes
with a glowing tribute to his bravery, his gentleness, his goodness of heart,
and his generosity. 

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HYPERION (An Epic Poem): From one of the most beloved English Romantic poets, best known for his Odes, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to Indolence, Ode to Psyche, Ode to Fanny & Lamia

por John Keats

This eBook edition of "HYPERION" has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. "Hyperion" is an epic poem by 19th-century English Romantic poet John Keats. It is based on the Titanomachia, and tells of the despair of the Titans after their fall to the Olympians. Keats wrote the poem from late 1818 until the spring of 1819, when he gave it up as having "too many Miltonic inversions." The themes and ideas were picked up again in Keats's The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream, when he attempted to recast the epic by framing it with a personal quest to find truth and understanding. John Keats (1795 - 1821) was an English Romantic poet. The poetry of Keats is characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. Today his poems and letters are some of the most popular and most analyzed in English literature. Table of Contents: Introduction: Life of John Keats by Sidney Colvin Hyperion Book I. Hyperion Book II. Hyperion Book III.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

por Anonymous Anonymous

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. It tells the story Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to stop him oppressing the people of Uruk.
This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it.Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes


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Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy

por Ian W. Toll

"A fluent, intelligent history...give[s] the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea."—New York Times Book Review Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government. The founders—particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams—debated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships. From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff-hanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and the narrative flair of Patrick O'Brian.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Teachings of Siduri and How Siduri's Ancient Advice Can Help Guide Us to a Happier Life, Third Edition

por Peter Dyr

Across the span of recorded history, at the birth of writing and civilization, there was the Epic of Gilgamesh. This seminal tale of gods, kings, battles, friendship, loss, the fear of death, the search for immortality and advice on how one should live life, represents our first complete work of literature. While the origin of the Epic of Gilgamesh is lost to the sands of time, it is probable that this story had been verbally transmitted for a very long time before the invention of writing, but we have no way of knowing when, where or why the story actually originated or even how many original contributors there were. What we do know is that the story encompassed a large number of concepts, ideas and philosophies, and was considered important enough that it was told from generation to generation for hundreds of years, before being immortalized in clay around four thousand years ago. Unfortunately, the original "Old Babylonian" version of the Epic of Gilgamesh is incomplete, making it difficult for us to piece together the exact story our ancient ancestors considered so important. However, several critical fragments of the original Epic have been recovered and differ in significant ways from later more complete versions. One of the most fascinating of these original fragments is the Sippar tablet which was discovered near the city of Sippar, on the Euphrates river, upstream of the Babylonian region in present day Iraq. The Sippar tablet contains the earliest recorded advice, given by a beautiful young girl called Siduri, on how we should live our lives. Interestingly, in a later version of the Epic of Gilgamesh (referred to as the "Akkadian" version) Siduri's advice was removed from the Epic and much of her original role was given to Utnapishtim, an immortal wise old man. One theory for the diminishment of Siduri's role is that Siduri being young, female and working class (a wine maker), and Utnapishtim being old, male and high class (an immortal wise man) may have contributed, and may suggest possible differences between Sumerian and Akkadian culture. Specifically, this change may highlight a degree of ageism, sexism and/or classism in Akkadian culture, and the removal of Siduri's advice could represent the first recorded case of censorship. Siduri's words were recorded long before any other religious text, including the Bible, the Koran or any eastern philosophies (including Buddhism) and represent a very different perspective to the religious texts used today. Siduri was pro-wine, pro-feasting, pro-music, pro-dancing, pro-joy, pro-sex and pro-family. Wouldn't the world be a better place if more people today would heed Siduri's ancient advice? In this book I have re-introduced Siduri's teachings, and the original Old Babylonian fragments into the Epic of Gilgamesh, while using the later Akkadian text to fill in the gaps in the original story. I have tried to remain faithful to the original events, concepts and philosophies our ancient ancestors found so important. I have also included a discussion of Siduri's teachings and how we can, if we so wish, live our lives according to Siduri's original ancient advice. In this updated Third Edition I have re-written the Akkadian prose to more closely resemble the shortened poetic verse of the Old Babylonian texts, added additional analysis of the rest of the Epic and included a new section at the end of the book that contains various informative discussions, from multiple contributors, regarding Siduri's philosophies and underlying concepts within the Epic of Gilgamesh. Discussions of Siduri and her philosophies are included in a few very short chapters at the beginning of the book, analysis of the rest of the Epic is incorporated into Chapter 6, the complete text for the Epic of Gilgamesh is contained within Chapters 7 to 9, and Chapter 10 contains the epilogue and the new multiple contributor discussions section.

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The Divine Comedy Reference With Modern English Translation of the Epic Poem: Includes Study Guide, Historical Context, Biography, and Character Index

por Dante Alighieri

Dante’s "Divine Comedy" (the trilogy that includes Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise) is a true classic that people have appreciated for over a hundred years. The fact that it is a classic doesn’t mean every reader will breeze through it with no problem at all. If you need just a little more help with Dante's classic, then let BookCaps help with this simplified study guide!
This book contains a comprehension study of Dante's classic work (including chapter summaries for every chapter, and an overview of themes and characters). This edition includes a modern translation of the epic poem.
We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month. 

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The Gods of the North: an epic poem

por Adam Oehlenschläger

"The Gods of the North: an epic poem" by Adam Oehlenschläger (translated by William Edward Frye). Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

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Hogarths Epic Poem

por Terry J Powell

At last I’ve waited for ages to put this book together, I would say the book is for all ages 9 to 99. Please enjoy the poem as I really enjoyed creating this epic poem. Don’t forget to read the rest of my works under my name of Terry J Powell. All illustrations were created by me.

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