Epic of Gilgamesh

ISBN-10: 0393975169
ISBN-13: 9780393975161
Edition: 2001
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Description: More than a thousand years before Homer or the Bible, Mesopotamian poets sang ofthe hero-king Gilgamesh, who sought to crown his superhuman exploits byfinding eternal life. This Norton Critical Edition presentstranslations by Benjamin R. Foster,  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/23/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

More than a thousand years before Homer or the Bible, Mesopotamian poets sang ofthe hero-king Gilgamesh, who sought to crown his superhuman exploits byfinding eternal life. This Norton Critical Edition presentstranslations by Benjamin R. Foster, Douglas Frayne, and Gary Beckman ofthe entire Gilgamesh narrative tradition, with some texts now inEnglish for the first time. In addition to the eleven tablets of thegreat Akkadian epic, written around 1700 B.C.E., the book includesseven Sumerian poems about Gilgamesh , written before 2000 B.C.E., aswell as the later Hittite version and other related sources, among thema Babylonian parody of the epic. "Criticism" provides interpretive essays by William Moran, ThorkildJacobsen, and Rivkah Harris and concludes with a modern poetic responseto the Gilgamesh epic by Hillary Major. A Glossary of Proper Names and a Selected Bibliography are alsoincluded.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abbreviations
The Text of The Epic of Gilgamesh
Analogues to The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Sumerian Gilgamesh Poems
The Hittite Gilgamesh
The Gilgamesh Letter
Criticism
The Gilgamesh Epic: A Masterpiece from Ancient Mesopotamia
"And Death the Journey's End": The Gilgamesh Epic
Images of Women in the Gilgamesh Epic
Gilgamesh Remembers a Dream
Glossary of Proper Names
Selected Bibliography

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