Episode 28. Sophus Helle: 150 years of Gilgamesh: Show notes

Sophus explains the most famous piece of literature from ancient Iraq: the Epic of Gilgamesh. He guides us through the many meanings that have been found in it, from antiquity to the present day. Why does it fascinate us, and what can it offer us?

BM 89435: a cylinder seal showing Gilgamesh and Enkidu fighting the Bull of Heaven

2:21 about the Gilgamesh Epic

6:38 what Gilgamesh meant in antiquity

9:39 meanings in the modern world

15:51 what Gilgamesh has meant for Iraqis in particular

22:21 Sophus’s new book, and a reading from his translation

Sophus’s website: https://sophushelle.com/

Music by Ruba Hillawi

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