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.nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.
The epic of Gilgamesh
a new translation, analogues, criticism
New York : Norton, c2001.
xxiii, 229 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
The text of the Epic of Gilgamesh / translated and edited by Benjamin R. Foster
The Sumerian Gilgamesh poems / translated by Douglas Frayne
The Hittite Gilgamesh / translated by Gary Beckman
The Gilgamesh letter
The Gilgamesh epic: a masterpiece from Ancient Mesopotamia / William Moran
"And death the journey's end": the Gilgamesh epic / Thorkild Jacobsen
Images of women in the Gilgamesh epic / Rivkah Harris
Gilgamesh remembers a dream / Hillary Major.
Statement of Responsibility:
translated and edited by Benjamin R. Foster
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229).
Epic poetry, Assyro-Babylonian Translations into English.
Epic poetry, Assyro-Babylonian