"Sixth Month 18th , Epic of Gilgamesh; Seventh Month 2nd, Ireno Funes' Remembrances. Ninth Month 1st, Gibbon's Decline and Fall. "
One of the 12 tablets on which the Epic of Gilmahesh survives
Public DomainOne of the 12 tablets on which the Epic of Gilmahesh survives
Jorge Luis Borges
Public DomainJorge Luis Borges - Credit: Grete Stern
Originally titled Surpassing All Other Kings, the Epic of Gilhamesh is an epic poem and one of the oldest surviving works of literature in the world. Written in an ancient Semitic language called Akkadian, it survives on twelve stone tablets dated between 1300 and 1000 BCE. Remembrances or Funes, His Memory is a short story by Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). Ireneo Funes is a fictional version of Borge himself and the short story explores the character's prodigious facility for study and recall. Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall is mentioned by Cavendish and is discussed briefly here (bookmark p155).