The Epic Of Gilgamesh Ancient Mesopotamia Epic Poetry Texts

The Epic Of Gilgamesh Verse Rendition Ancient Mesopotamia Epic Poetry Texts

Dimensions 7.5" x 4.75" inches / Weight 139 grams / All measures are approximate / Used vintage book, not new, as is.

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature and the second oldest religious text, after the Pyramid Texts. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about Bilgamesh (Sumerian for "Gilgamesh"), king of Uruk, dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2100 BC). These independent stories were later used as source material for a combined epic in Akkadian.

The first surviving version of this combined epic, known as the "Old Babylonian" version dates to the 18th century BC and is titled after its incipit, Shūtur eli sharrī ("Surpassing All Other Kings"). Only a few tablets of it have survived. The later Standard Babylonian version compiled by Sîn-lēqi-unninni dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC and bears the incipit Sha naqba īmuru ("He who Saw the Abyss", in modern terms: "He who Sees the Unknown"). Approximately two-thirds of this longer, twelve-tablet version have been recovered. Some of the best copies were discovered in the library ruins of the 7th-century BC Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.

From the diverse sources found, two main versions of the epic have been partially reconstructed: the Standard Babylonian version, or He who saw the deep, and the Old Babylonian version, or Surpassing all other kings. Five earlier Sumerian poems about Gilgamesh have been partially recovered, some with primitive versions of specific episodes in the Babylonian version, others with unrelated stories.

 

The Epic Of Gilgamesh Verse Rendition By Danny P Jackson Introduction By Robert D Biggs and Illustrated By Thom Kapheim, Bolchazy Carduccu Publishers 1992, Classics Of World Literature, Epic Poetry Texts, Studies In Language And Literature, Ancient Mesopotamia Poems, Historical Sumerian Poetry, Book For Students, Gift For Student, Book Worm Gifts, Old Used Book

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