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Touching comrade’s chest (1)

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04 Religious and philosophical literature and poetry

04 Religious and philosophical literature and poetry

Greek Archaic Age
Akkadian poetry
Greek poets

Gilgameš Epic (SBV) 8.2.15-21:
(Gilgameš laments Enkidu:) ‘You there, turn to me! Don’t you hear [me]?’ But he did not raise his head. He touched his heart, but it was not beating at all. He veiled (his) friend’s face like a bride’s. Like an eagle he circled over him; like a lioness whose cub[s are caught] in a pitfall he kept turning to and fro.

Homer, Iliad 18.316-323:
(Achaeans lament Patroclus:) And the son of Peleus led them in their heavy wailing, laying his man-slaying hands on his comrade’s chest, groaning again and again, like a full-bearded lion whose cubs a huntsman snatches away from the dense woodland, and it comes later, and is chagrined, and it roams many a glen seeking after the man’s tracks, hoping to find him, for it is in the grip of bitter anger - so he groaned deep, and spoke among he Myrmidons.

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Gilgameš Epic (SBV) 8.2.15-21
Homer, Iliad 18.316-323


West 1997, 341-342West, Martin L. The East Face of Helicon. West Asiatic Elements in Greek Poetry and Myth. Oxford: Clarendon Press 1997.

Amar Annus

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