Today’s rec is The Epic of Gilgamesh!
(There really should be a Wiki version in Akkadian. It’d edit that)
Anyway, because for me, the joys I associate with reading Gilgamesh consisted mostly of:
1) trudging to and fro in the library with any and all of the twenty volumes of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary in my hands, on my back, in my pockets(1), and carefully balanced on my head, and with Borger’s Assyrisch-Babylonische Zeichenliste dangling precariously in the steely yet loving embrace of my upper and lower jaw(2),
(Um. Please disregard the disturbing mental image)
2)finding stuff to fit into the lacunae in the original tablet,
3)crowing triumphantly for no reason at all,
4)consuming copious amounts of coffee,
it would be, I think, a good idea to just let a sane person speak his mind: here, PZ Myers on the awesomeness that is the Epic of Gilgamesh.
This is one of my favourite Pharyngula post ever, by the way.
(1) Haha, NO.
(2) thank Darwin for pdf files! EVOLUTION! SYMBIOSIS!