The Epic of Gilgamesh attempts to answer the question of how, given the finality of death, one might find happiness, meaning, and value in this life. No other work of Mesopotamian literature has attracted as much scholarly and non scholarly interest. It recounts the deeds of a hero-king of ancient Mesopotamia, following him through adventures and encounters with men and gods alike.
Many commentators argue that the text provides two separate, although ultimately unsatisfactory, alternatives. This article is a scholarly compilation on the search for eternal youth from Gilgamesh to Ponce de Leon, and to our modern day’s society with its physical culture of body molding and shaping, – inclusive artificially – which in the majority of its users becomes a cancerous vehicle. Jastrow makes no observation about the existence of the Sumerian logogram EDIN appearing in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Since the discovery over one hundred years ago of a body of Mesopotamian poetry preserved on clay tablets, what has come to be known as the Epic of Gilgamesh has been considered a masterpiece of ancient literature. The first is fame—if I build lasting monuments or perform heroic acts, I can live forever in the memories of others. Benjamin Foster is right that the Gilgamesh Epic “offers a splendor of language, imagery, themes, and ideas to the modern reader.” 1 This epic story has been translated into many different modern languages, and as well as into a cartoon movie, a children’s storybook, etc. By using the Google search engine, key-in "Eabani, Ukhat, Jastrow" and his 1898 article will appear in the Journal in which it was published. I have enjoyed the reading of "Death and Dying in Gilgamesh". Now known as the Epic of Gilgamesh, this work was totally new to scholars. A New Edition of the Epic of Gilgamesh Benjamin R. Foster Yale University A. R. George's new edition of the Epic of Gilgamesh is in every respect worthy of its great subject. The Gilgamesh referred to in the Epic has an historical correlate in a King Gilgamesh who is mentioned in lists of Sumerian kings, but there is no definitive evidence regarding his life and actions apart from the fragmentary texts that comprise the Epic. Exploring issues of friendship, mortality, heroism, and humanity’s relationship to the divine, it lacks the expected “happy ending.” Rather, the Epic is a cautionary tale identifying man’s failings without providing much hope for the future.
The “Epic of Gilgamesh” is both a religious treatise and a seminal work of ancient literature. The Epic of Gilgamesh, a literary product of Mesopotamia, contains many of the same themes and motifs as the Hebrew Bible. If one wants to read his article it is available on the internet. Believed to have been composed around 1800 B.C., it is one of the world’s oldest great literary works. For well over a century, virtually every Assyriologist has written about