The Epic of Gilgamesh / Edition 1

The Epic of Gilgamesh / Edition 1

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by Benjamin R. Foster, Benjamin R. Foster
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393975169

ISBN-13: 9780393975161

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393975161
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
279,365
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Abbrevations

The Text of The Epic of Gilgamesh

Analogues to The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Sumerian Gilgamesh Poems, translated by Douglas Frayne
The Hittite Gilgamesh, translated by Gary Beckman

Criticism
William Moran * The Gilgamesh Epic: A Masterpiece from Ancient Mesopotamia
Thorkild Jacobsen * From The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion
Rivkah Harris * Images of Women in the Gilgamesh Epic
Hillary Major * Gilgamesh Remembers a Dream

Glossary of Proper Names
Selected Bibliography

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