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.… (more)
Gilgamesh, offspring of a god and king of the ancient city of Uruk, sets off with newly-found friend Enkidu to kill the monster Humbaba and achieve everlasting fame. This particular edition contains, in addition to the primary text, supplemental literature from ancient Mesopotamia as well as critical essays on the Gilgamesh tradition.
A king part divine ventures far in hopes to find immortality. (johnxlibris)