The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic: Introduction, Critical Edition and Cuneiform Texts

Hardcover | November 7, 2003

EditorA. R. George

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The Babylonian Gilgamesh epic is the acknowledged masterpiece of ancient Mesopotamian literature. Nevertheless it has to be re-edited periodically to take account of the enormous increase in primary sources that occurs every generation. Since the last critical edition of the epic seventy yearsago the known fragments of the epic have almost doubled. This book collects all the extant texts in one place again, including twenty-three fragments published for the first time. The author has studied personally every available fragment to produce a definitive edition and translation. Fourintroductory chapters place the epic in its context and examine the name, person and traditions of Gilgamesh and other characters in the poem. The plates present the cuneiform text of all the extant fragments of the epic. The result is a publication which is a standard academic resource.

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The Babylonian Gilgamesh epic is the acknowledged masterpiece of ancient Mesopotamian literature. Nevertheless it has to be re-edited periodically to take account of the enormous increase in primary sources that occurs every generation. Since the last critical edition of the epic seventy yearsago the known fragments of the epic have al...

A. R. George is Professor of Babylonian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1176 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.83 inPublished:November 7, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198149220

ISBN - 13:9780198149224

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Part One: Introduction1. The literary history of the epic of Gilgamesh2. The name of Gilgamesh and its history3. Literary, historical, and religious traditions about Gilgamesh4. Enkidu and othersPart Two: The older versions of the epic5. Old Babylonian Tablets and fragments6. Middle Babylonian tablets and fragments7. Assyrian fragments of one or more intermediate recensionsPart Three: The Standard Babylonian Epic8. The manuscripts of the standard Babylonian epic9. Introduction to the text of the standard Babylonian epic10. Synopsis and exegesis of the standard Babylonian epic11. Edition of the standard Babylonian epic12. Bilgames and the netherworld 172-end13. Critical and philological notes on the standard Babylonian epicBibliographyIndex of cuneiform tablets and other objectsCuneiform textsPlates