The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic

Front Cover
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982 - Literary Criticism - 384 pages

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the world's oldest known epics: it predates Homer by several centuries and is recognized as seminal to the cultural history of the Ancient Near East. Interpretation and decipherment of the story of Gilgamesh--fragmentary and contradictory as its several variants are--has been a monumental scholarly task, spanning more than a century. In this volume, Jeffrey H. Tigay traces the development of the composition of the Gilgamesh Epic over nearly two millennia and through the several languages in which it has been transmitted. The result is a study both comprehensive in breadth and impressive in methodology. The author breaks from his scholarly predecessors in relying on documented textual evidence rather than on critical analysis and hypotheses.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

The Versions of the Epic
10
Critical Methods in the Study of The Gilgamesh Epic
16
THE SUMERIAN SOURCES OF THE AKKADIAN EPIC
23
Copyright

16 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information