The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh is the world’s oldest epic masterpiece.
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. 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. 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
- April 2001
- 5.1 × 8.4 in
/ 256 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide