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Epic of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is the earliest known epic poem. It was written in 1800 BCE in the Akkadian language in Mesopotamia. It is 274 pages long. It was rediscovered and translated by the Englishman George Smith in the early 1800s. It tells the story of King Gilgamesh who searches for the secret to eternal life, but fails to find it.