The Epic of Gilgamesh

"Surpassing all other kings, heroic in stature, brave scion of Uruk, wild bull on the rampage! ... Gilgamesh the tall, magnificent and terrible."


Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world’s oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh’s adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of knowledge, friendship and the duties of kings, the Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind’s eternal struggle with the fear of death.

TidePool Bookshop invites you to a read-along and exploration of one of the great masterpieces of world literature. In the coming weeks 4 more videos will be posted with Seth reading and exploring the "tablets" of the Epic of Gilgamesh based on Andrew George's translation in the Penguin Classic version (available for purchase below). We will finish with a live Q & A Zoom session with Seth on August 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm EST. Please watch the first in the series below and stay tuned for videos posted on this page in the coming weeks!
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photo of Seth RichardsonSeth Richardson is a historian of the ancient Near East who works on the history of Mesopotamia’s Old Babylonian period and the Fall of Babylon in 1595 BC. He did his Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern History at Columbia University in 2002, and has been at the University of Chicago since 2003, where he is now Managing Editor of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies and Associate at the Oriental Institute. Richardson works on the history of state sovereignty and political subjectivity, violence and bodies, and as a generalist/comparativist working on diverse socio-cultural topics such as women's history, icon-building, and divination. His most recent work includes studies of slavery, royal narratives, social bandits, concepts of imperialism, the social location of animals and men in law, and the Syro-Babylonian wine trade. All his work is freely available online.



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By Andrew George (Translated by), Andrew George (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140449198
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003