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World’s Famous 10 Epics-II: The Epic of Mahabharata
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The Mahabharata (composed between 300 BC - 300 AD) has the honor of being the longest epic in world literature, 100,000 2-line stanzas (although the most critical edition edits this down to about... More > 88,000, like “Mevlana J. Roumi’s Masnawi in our Turkish Culture Literature, for example: Masnawi contains 26,000 baits (beyts) like this), making it eight times as long as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey together, and over 3 times as long as the Bible. According to the Narasimhan version, 4000 lines relate main story; the rest contain additional myths and teachings. In other words, the Mahabharata resembles a long journey with many side roads and detours. It is said that “Whatever is here is found elsewhere. But whatever is not here is nowhere else.” The name means “Great story Bharatas.” Bharata was an early ancestor of both the Pandavas and Kauravas who fight each other in a great war, The main narrative concerning the war is contained in the first ten books. And these sections are summarized “12 Tablets” in this book.< Less
World’s Famous 10 Epics-I: The Epic of Gilgamesh
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The world's oldest extended story, the Epic of Gilgamesh tells the adventures of the king of the ancient city, Uruk. Born more divine than human, Gilgamesh must accept his fate: he will die. The gods... More > send him a companion, Enkidu, and together two heroes undertake mighty deeds. Then Enkidu dies, and Gilgamesh abandons his royal duties and goes in search of eternal life. The Epic of Gilgamesh is, perhaps, the oldest written story on Earth. It comes to us from Ancient Sumeria, and was originally written on 12 clay tablets in cunieform script. It is about the adventures of the historical King of Uruk. The translator chose to eliminate Tablet XII for personal reasons, with support from many literary, archaeological, and linguistic experts because it appears to be more of a sequel to the first 11 tablets, containing a story about Enkidu volunteering to retrieve some objects. This translation is based on the "standard" Akkadian "edition", but is filled in with excerpts from the Old Babylonian where necessary.."< Less
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