The Epic of Gilgamesh

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Regarded by many as the oldest major work of literature, the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ is an ancient Mesopotamian text recorded on stone tablets in the Akkadian language, concerning the adventures of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk. The first surviving version of this combined epic, known as the Old Babylonian version, dates to the 18th century BC, while the later and much longer Standard version dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature’s finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents both versions of the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’, with multiple translations, related illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to the epic saga
* Concise introduction to the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’
* Images of how the epic was first written, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* OLD BABYLONIAN VERSION translated by Albert Tobias Clay and Morris Jastrow
* STANDARD VERSION translated by R. Campbell Thompson
* Also includes the first ever English translation of the epic by George Smith, appearing in THE CHALDAEAN ACCOUNT OF GENESIS
* Features Leonidas Le Cenci Hamilton’s poetic translation ISHTAR AND IZDUBAR
* Easily locate the sections and tablets you want to read with individual contents tables
* Three contextual books to aid your study of Assyrian and Babylonian literature, including Sayce’s seminal work BABYLONIANS AND ASSYRIANS, LIFE AND CUSTOMS
* Scholarly ordering of texts

CONTENTS:

The Epic of Gilgamesh
BRIEF INTRODUCTION: EPIC OF GILGAMESH
OLD BABYLONIAN VERSION
STANDARD VERSION
THE CHALDAEAN ACCOUNT OF GENESIS
ISHTAR AND IZDUBAR

The Contextual Works
BABYLONIANS AND ASSYRIANS, LIFE AND CUSTOMS by A. H. Sayce
BABYLONIAN AND ASSYRIAN LAWS, CONTRACTS AND LETTERS by C. H. W. Johns
ASSYRIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY: A SOURCE STUDY by A. T. Olmstead

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