Letters and Politics

KPFA Special: Reading the Epic of Gilgamesh (Part III)

Host Mitch Jeserich reads excerpts from Stephen Mitchell’s Gilgamesh: A New Version.  Gilgamesh is considered the oldest epic in the world and a masterpiece of literature. 

Gilgamesh is the story of a historical king of Uruk in Babylonia and his journey of self-discovery.  Along the way, Gilgamesh discovers that friendship can bring peace to a whole city and that wisdom can be found only when the quest for it is abandoned.

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