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The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin Classics) Paperback – April 29, 2003
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"Andrew George has skillfully bridged the chasm between a scholarly re-edition and a popular work”
—London Review of Books
“Humankind’s first literary achievement...Gilgamesh should compel us as the well-spring of which we are inheritors...Andrew George provides an excellent critical and historical introduction.”
—Paul Binding, Independent on Sunday
“This volume will endure as one of the milestones markers...[George] expertly and easily conducts his readers on a delightful and moving epic journey.”
—Samuel A. Meier, Times Literary Supplement
“Appealingly presented and very readably translated...it still comes as an exhilarating surprise to find the actions and emotions of the Sumerian superhero coming to us with absolute immediacy over 30-odd centuries.
“Andrew George has formed an English text from the best of the tablets, differentiating his complex sources but allowing the general reader a clear run at one of the first enduring stories ever told.”
—Peter Stothard, The Times
“An exemplary combination of scholarship and lucidity...very impressive...invaluable as a convenient guide to all the different strands which came together to produce the work we now call Gilgamesh.”
—Alan Wall, Literary Review
About the Author
Andrew George is Professor of Babylonian at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) in London. His research has taken him many times to Iraq to visit Babylon and other ancient sites, and to museums in Baghdad, Europe and North America to read the original clay tablets on which the scribes of ancient Iraq wrote.
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If you are a scholar, this might be your version. I assume it's close to the original. But the original is fragmented, and unclear, so if you just want to appreciate the story, this is NOT the edition you want.
Here's the opening paragraph:
"He who saw the deep, the country's foundation
[who] knew ... , was wise in all matters."
If you want to just read it, [who] and missing words "..." are just an annoyance. And it goes on like this.
If you are researching, the faithful representation may be a plus, if you just wanted to get familiar with the story, as I did, you'll want a different edition.
This edition of the Epic of Gilgamesh contains multiple translations of the story, each based upon the various tablets that have been uncovered. The author gives their input on the story as you read, as well as any relevant background information, to aid you in understanding each tablet.
This book was fantastic and I highly recommend it to history nerds, epic fans, and anyone who appreciates a good story.
Perhaps my favorite thing about this book is it has opened me up to reading more of these ancient stories, like the Iliad.