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The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamesh: with an Account of the Royal Libraries of Nineveh

by E.A. Wallis Budge

The book is a fascinating exploration of two of the oldest known works of literature in human history, providing readers with valuable insights into the ancient cultures and civilizations that created them. The first half of the book focuses on the Babylonian Story of the Deluge, which is believed to have been written more than 4,000 years ago. This epic poem tells the story of a great flood that destroys the world, and the hero who survives it by building a boat and taking refuge with a variety of animals. Budge provides a detailed analysis of the poem, including its historical context, cultural significance, and literary qualities. The second half of the book is devoted to the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium BCE. This powerful work tells the story of a legendary king who embarks on a journey of self-discovery, facing trials and challenges along the way. Budge delves into the rich symbolism and themes of the poem, and explores its enduring impact on literature and culture. One of the most interesting aspects of "The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamesh" is Budge's account of the Royal Libraries of Nineveh, which were discovered in the mid-19th century and contained thousands of cuneiform tablets. These tablets provided scholars with valuable insights into the languages, cultures, and beliefs of ancient Mesopotamia, and helped to unlock the secrets of these ancient texts. Overall, "The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamesh" is a fascinating and insightful exploration of two of the world's oldest and most important works of literature. Budge's expert analysis and commentary provide readers with a deeper understanding of these timeless stories and their enduring impact on human culture and civilization.

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English

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English

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1845

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E.A. Wallis Budge

United Kingdom

Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East. He made numer...

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