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Epic of Gilgamesh, the (c.-1000) [Novel]
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An epic poem originally written thousands of years ago in Akkadian and Sumerian, this particular edition of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" was translated by Andrew George. It is a series of Mesopotamian tales that recount the exploits of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk. We learn of his overwhelming power, his friendship with Enkidu, and his quest for eternal life. We also read of a great flood that devastated the region.

Several cuneiform texts dating to approximately 750 B.C.E. that make up the Gilgamesh epic were found by archaeologists who excavated the library of King Ashurbanipal at Nineveh. Scholars have also discovered other texts and additional fragmentary evidence that places the origin of the Gilgamesh stories in the age of the Sumerian city-states. A list of kings indicates that there was a ruler of Uruk named Gilgamesh in about 2600 B.C.E.

Original languages: Akkadian and Summerian

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Genre: PoetryEpic and Narrative Poetry

This work has been adapted as the following works :
     Gilgamesh the King (1984) [Novel]
      Author: Robert Silverberg
     Gilgamesh (2000) [Novel]
      Author: Stephan Grundy
     Gilgamesh (2001) [Novel]
      Author: Derrek Hines
     Play of Gilgamesh, the (2005) [Play]
      Author: Edwin Morgan
     Gilgamesh: A Verse Play (2006) [Play]
      Authors: Yusef Komunyakaa , Chad Gracia
     Gilgamesh: The Play (2007) [Play]
      Author: Derrek Hines

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Edition #1: Gilgamesh: A New English Version

Gilgamesh: A New English Version (2004)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Acclaimed translator Stephen Mitchell's lithe, muscular rendering allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, to see how startlingly beautiful, intelligent, and alive it is. His insightful introduction provides a historical, spiritual, and cultural context for this ancient epic, showing that Gilgamesh is more potent and fascinating than ever.

Language: English

Edition: Mitchell translation
Translated by: Stephen Mitchell
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Gilgamesh: A New English Version (2004)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: 0743261690
Pages: 304

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Edition #2: The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: George translation
Translated by: Andrew George
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The Epic of Gilgamesh (2003)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140449191
Dimensions: x x x
Pages: 320

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Edition #3: Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse

Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse (1993)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Previously, line-by-line literal translations have necessarily been somewhat discontinuous, while freer versions have departed widely from the original. Now, for the first time, David Ferry in his new version makes Gilgamesh available in the kind of energetic and readable rendering that Robert Fitzgerald and Richmond Lattimore have provided for readers in their translations of Homer and Virgil. Ferry's poetry combines faithful attention to the literal meanings of the original with a sense for the poetic qualities that make Gilgamesh not only an important document of ancient Mesopotamia but also a profoundly moving story of the love between companions, and the terrible inevitability of death. This edition also includes Ferry's version of the related Babylonian poem "Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Nether World," as well as an introduction by William L. Moran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

Language: English

Edition: Ferry translation
Translated by: David Ferry
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Gilgamesh: A New Rendering into English Verse (1993)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374523835
Pages: 99

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Edition #4: The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh (1989)
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Language: English

Edition: Kovacs translation
Translated by: Maureen Gallery Kovacs
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The Epic of Gilgamesh (1989)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804717117

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Edition #5: Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh (1984)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the lyricism that is lost in the earlier, almost scientific renderings.

Language: English

Edition: Gardner/Maier translation
Translated by: John Gardner John Maier Richard A. Henshaw
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Gilgamesh (1985)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0394740890

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Edition #6: Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative

Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative (1970)
Edition Details:

A finalist for the National Book Award, Mason's retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, a masterpiece of style, and a labor of love that grew out of the poet's long affinity with the original.

Language: English

Edition: Mason translation
Translated by: Herbert Mason
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Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Boston
Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 0618275649
Pages: 128

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Edition #7: The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh (1960)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

N. K. Sandarsís lucid, accessible translation is prefaced by a detailed introduction that examines the narrative and historical context of the work. In addition, there is a glossary of names and a map of the Ancient Orient.

Language: English

Edition: Sandars translation
Translated by: N. K. Sandars
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Manifested in:

The Epic of Gilgamesh (1960)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 014044100X
Pages: 128

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