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Questions from GREAT CONVERSATIONS I, by the Great Books Foundation. Copyright (c) 2008 by the Great Books Foundation. Reprinted by permission of the Great Books Foundation.

Gilgamis Destani.... The Bolchazy-Carducci edition, The Epic of Gilgamesh has been translated into Turkish. This title is available at

Ancient Epic Poetry Homer, Apollonius, Virgil, With a Chapter on the Gilgamesh Poems Charles Rowan Beye’s critically acclaimed interpretive introduction to the epic poetry and poets of Ancient Greece and Rome is here reprinted in an expanded second edition with a new preface, new chapter on Gilgamesh, and an Appendix of Further Reading Revisited. This title is available at
For centuries the beginnings of the literary history of the West were defined by the Hebrew Bible—what most people call the Old Testament—and Homer’s epic poems, the Iliad and Odyssey. These texts were once naively imagined to have come about in splendid isolation either as a miracle of divine creation or the spontaneous combustion of the “Greek genius.” The mighty stream of words down over the millennia to our own time are so many generations of offspring still somehow beholden to their initial begetters. Thus do we construe Western Literature.

– from Chapter 8: Gilgamesh

The Great Books Foundation has declared The Epic of Gilgamesh a classic.... The Bolchazy-Carducci edition has been adopted by Great Books Foundation.

Archaeologists in Iraq believe they have found the tomb of King Gilgamesh, the subject of the world's oldest "book".


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