The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic
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.
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The Versions of the Epic
Critical Methods in the Study of The Gilgamesh Epic
THE SUMERIAN SOURCES OF THE AKKADIAN EPIC
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