This epic poem is the oldest known to exist in history, predating Homers Iliad by about 1500 years. Gilgamesh, the hero, discovers he has godly blood, so sets out on a journey to the land of the gods in an attempt to gain entry. It is of ancient Sumerian origin, from the land called Mesopotamia. An important work for those studying ancient literature, history and mythology. This Babylonian version may be the oldest known. Later renditions are more common and seem to embellish the story, so this work is important for serious researchers. From the standpoint of literature, it is also an interesting and enjoyable tale. Paperback, ISBN 9781585092147 , 6 x 9 , 112 pp.