The Epic of Gilgamesh is the longest and most beautiful literary text that has come down to us from the culture of the ancient Arab East. This work became popular after it was composed around 1800 BC throughout the region, and was translated into a number of living languages at the time, just as it became popular and famous in the modern world and was translated into most of its living languages. The epic tells about the life and deeds of Gilgamesh, king of the Sumerian city of Uruk, and contains reflections on man, the issue of life and death, and the meaning of existence.
Firas Al-Sawah, the Syrian thinker known for his valuable research in the mythology and religions of the ancient East, has given this unique work great care, and presented it to us in two books published successively between 1981 and 1987. Today, he presents to us, in a third book, a summary of his study of this text, and a summary of international studies and translations that are still continuing their interest in this distinguished work throughout the ages.
This book contains an important historical introduction and a comprehensive textual criticism study that sheds light on the development of the text from its first forms to its last known form, and reflections on the meaning of the epic and its philosophical and ethical message, in addition to a large number of footnotes and new explanations that adopt the latest international translations. Newly released. On top of all that, at the end of the book, the author singled out a special appendix containing a dramatic setting for the epic.
All of this makes this book a major reference for researchers, scholars, and general readers and those interested.