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Odyssey and Gilgameš (1)

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04 Religious and philosophical literature and poetry

Greek Archaic Age
Akkadian poetry
Greek poets

Gilgameš Epic (SBV) 1.1-7:
[Of him who] saw everything let [me te]ll the land, [of him who] knew [the entiret]y [let me tea]ch his whole story. [ … ... the] la[nds] altogether. [He was compl]eted in wisdom, he who kn[ew] the entirety; he saw the [se]cret, and opened up what was concealed; he brought back intelligence from before the Flood; he travelled a distant path, weary and resigned.

Homer, Odyssey 1.1-5:
Tell me, Muse, of the man so versatile, who wandered far and wide after he had sacked Troy’s holy citadel. Many were the peoples whose cities he saw and whose mind he came to know, and many the woes he suffered in his heart at sea as he ventured his life and his comrades’ safe return.

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Gilgameš Epic (SBV) 1.1-7
Homer, Odyssey 1.1-5


West 1997, 403West, Martin L. The East Face of Helicon. West Asiatic Elements in Greek Poetry and Myth. Oxford: Clarendon Press 1997.

Amar Annus

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