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Starting Saturday, October 12, the All Souls Church book group will be reading The Epic of Gilgamesh. This story, originally an oral transmission, was written down at least 4,000 years ago, making it the oldest literature in the world. It was told and retold in Mesopotamia, the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, where Western civilization first arose. Gilgamesh is the name of the hero/king who learned how to be a better ruler and how to accept his mortality. We are introduced to new gods and new cultural values, some strange and some recognizable even today! Gilgamesh challenges us to think about what it means to be human.
There are many translations of Gilgamesh, but we will focus on the one by Stephen Mitchell, an Atria paperback published in 2004. I will order several copies at Everyone’s Books where you can get a 15% discount if you mention your book group. Other translations are welcome. Since every version is an interpretation, it will be instructive to compare.
Our first meeting is Saturday, October 12 from 10-11:30 am. We will also meet October 26 and Nov. 9 for a total of three sessions on this title. Location is the main hall at ASC.