Gilgamesh The King

Paperback | March 26, 1999

byLudmila Zeman

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Gilgamesh, half-god and half-man, in his loneliness and isolation becomes a cruel tyrant over the citizens of Uruk. To impress them forever he orders a great wall to be built, driving his people to exhaustion and despair so that they cry to the Sun God for help. In answer, another kind of man, Enkidu, is sent to earth to live among the animals and learn kindness from them. He falls in love with Shamhat, a singer from the temple, and he follows her back to Uruk. There, Enkidu, the “uncivilized” beast from the forest, shows the evil Gilgamesh through friendship what it means to be human.

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The first people who told The Story of Gilgamesh were the Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Ludmila Zeman endeavours to retell The Story of Gilgamesh and the elements of his life that entered into the myths of Egypt, Greece, Persia and even the Celts. The world's first civilization, believed to be the setting for the garden of Eden, Mesopotami...

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Gilgamesh, half-god and half-man, in his loneliness and isolation becomes a cruel tyrant over the citizens of Uruk. To impress them forever he orders a great wall to be built, driving his people to exhaustion and despair so that they cry to the Sun God for help. In answer, another kind of man, Enkidu, is sent to earth to live among the...

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Gilgamesh, half-god and half-man, in his loneliness and isolation becomes a cruel tyrant over the citizens of Uruk. To impress them forever he orders a great wall to be built, driving his people to exhaustion and despair so that they cry to the Sun God for help. In answer, another kind of man, Enkidu, is sent to earth to live among the...

Ludmila Zeman was born in the former Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Canada in 1984. She has taught art in Vancouver, created animated sequences for Sesame Street and, with her husband, made the film Lord of the Sky, an award-winning animated short. Her epic Gilgamesh trilogy won numerous awards. Her book, The First Red Maple Leaf, wa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 10.19 × 11.38 × 0.13 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887764371

ISBN - 13:9780887764370

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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The first people who told The Story of Gilgamesh were the Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Ludmila Zeman endeavours to retell The Story of Gilgamesh and the elements of his life that entered into the myths of Egypt, Greece, Persia and even the Celts. The world's first civilization, believed to be the setting for the garden of Eden, Mesopotamia is also the setting for the epic of the god-man Gilgamesh, the first tragic hero in world literature.

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The Gilgamesh Trilogy:

“A powerful version of the Gilgamesh epic…a stirring and sad tale.”
The New Yorker