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Epic of Gilgamesh : A Norton Critical Edition

Epic of Gilgamesh : A Norton Critical Edition - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393975161

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ISBN13: 978-0393975161
ISBN10: 0393975169
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 2001
International: No
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Epic of Gilgamesh : A Norton Critical Edition - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393975161

Benjamin R. Ed. Foster

ISBN13: 978-0393975161
ISBN10: 0393975169
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

The Epic of Gilgamesh is the world's oldest epic masterpiece. More than a thousand years before Homer or the Bible, Mesopotamian poets sang of the hero-king Gilgamesh, who sought to crown his superhuman exploits by finding eternal life. This Norton Critical Edition presents translations by Benjamin R. Foster, Douglas Frayne, and Gary Beckman of the entire Gilgamesh narrative tradition, with some texts now in English for the first time. In addition to the eleven tablets of the great Akkadian epic, written around 1700 B.C.E., the book includes seven Sumerian poems about Gilgamesh, written before 2000 B.C.E., as well as the later Hittite version and other related sources, among them a Babylonian parody of the epic.

Criticism provides interpretive essays by William Moran, Thorkild Jacobsen, and Rivkah Harris and concludes with a modern poetic response to the Gilgamesh epic by Hillary Major.

A Glossary of Proper Names and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

Author Bio

Foster, Benjamin R. : Yale University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abbreviations
The Text of The Epic of Gilgamesh p. 1
Analogues to The Epic of Gilgamesh p. 97
The Sumerian Gilgamesh Poems p. 99
The Hittite Gilgamesh p. 157
The Gilgamesh Letter p. 167
Criticism p. 169
The Gilgamesh Epic: A Masterpiece from Ancient Mesopotamia p. 171
''And Death the Journey's End'': The Gilgamesh Epic p. 183
Images of Women in the Gilgamesh Epic p. 207
Gilgamesh Remembers a Dream p. 219
Glossary of Proper Names p. 221
Selected Bibliography p. 229
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