Gilgamesh: The New Translation by Gerald J. Davis

A story older than the Bible, the Iliad, and other ancient works, The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story that has been passed down through countless of generations throughout the ages. It tells the story of the fifth king of the first dynasty of Uruk, a kingdom that existed in what is now present day Iraq. This king reigned for one hundred and twenty-six years according to the legend. Originally written on clay tablets by an unknown author, the story has been considered one of the best works of literature, as it recounts man’s never-ending quest of finding immortality. Author Gerald J. Davis, explores this epic narrative and combines the work of previous scholars to make the story more easily understandable and accessible to today’s current reading population. By presenting the text in long lines of prose instead of in more restricted verse, the book is made a far easier read that therefore preserves the meanings from the original work itself.

Davis is an author who has great experience putting together books such as this one, as he has also created a new translation for classics such as Beowulf and Don Quixiote. He has a skill at finding the true spirit of a tale, and dissecting it down to something even more pure, before putting the pieces back together in an organized and insightful manner. The research that went into this project is highly evident from the detailed and complex structure that Davis explores throughout the book. All in all, this is a very well polished work that readers of history, ancient times, and epic tales will be sure to dissect with pleasure.

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