ONLINE SEMINAR
July 19 | He Who Saw the Deep: The Epic of Gilgamesh

From a thousand years before Homer or the Old Testament, the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh tells a profound story of friendship and loss, grief, the fear of mortality, and the attainment of wisdom. This relatively short, but incredibly sophisticated poem abounds in energy, adventure and pathos—and even includes a version of the Flood story from long before Noah. The 19th century discovery in Nineveh of cuneiform tablets with the Epic returned to the world a masterpiece of literature that had been lost for two millennia; the poem’s rediscovery and ongoing reconstruction is a fascinating tale of its own. Over the three meetings of this seminar we’ll read the Epic carefully, learning how the poem reveals its richness through subtlety of language and detail of characterization.

When: Three weekly sessions on Sundays, starting July 19 at 4 p.m. Eastern

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$175 plus 13% HST (approx. US$125 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom online meeting software; you will receive instructions on how to download Zoom free after registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Select your registration below; please use the Toronto Pursuits credit option only if you are a registered participant of Toronto Pursuits 2020 who wants to put your deposit or previous payment toward an online seminar.

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LEADER

Mark Cwik is the education manager for Classical Pursuits. He is a longtime Toronto Pursuits and trip leader and has been an organizer of adult great books discussion groups for 25 years. He lives in London, England, where he leads seminars with the London Literary Salon.

BOOK

The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by Andrew George
(Penguin Classics, revised edition, 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0140449198.

Please be sure to use this translation. If you cannot obtain the print edition, we will provide a link to a .pdf available online.

From a thousand years before Homer or the Old Testament, the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh tells a profound story of friendship and loss, grief, the fear of mortality, and the attainment of wisdom. This relatively short, but incredibly sophisticated poem abounds in energy, adventure and pathos—and even includes a version of the Flood story from long before Noah. The 19th century discovery in Nineveh of cuneiform tablets with the Epic returned to the world a masterpiece of literature that had been lost for two millennia; the poem’s rediscovery and ongoing reconstruction are fascinating tales of their own. Over the three meetings of this seminar we’ll read the Epic carefully, learning how the poem reveals its richness through subtlety of language and detail of characterization.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

 

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