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In "An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic," Anonymous presents a fascinating translation of one of the oldest surviving works of literature. This book offers readers an intriguing glimpse into the ancient world of Babylon and sheds light on the cultural and historical significance of the epic poem.

The skillful translation captured in this edition allows contemporary readers to appreciate the timeless themes and characters of the Gilgamesh epic. Anonymous masterfully conveys the complex emotions and motivations of the characters, allowing readers to empathize with their struggles and triumphs. Additionally, the translator's attention to detail and dedication to preserving the original text make this rendition a reliable source for scholars and enthusiasts alike.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its extensive introduction and notes, which provide invaluable context and analysis. Anonymous skillfully guides readers through the historical, literary, and mythological elements surrounding the Gilgamesh epic. These sections enhance our understanding of the ancient Mesopotamian culture that produced this masterpiece, allowing us to appreciate its significance within the larger literary tradition of the time.

Furthermore, the inclusion of various alternative versions and fragments of the Gilgamesh story supplement our comprehension of the narrative's evolution and rich mythological layers. These fragments serve as a reminder of the fragmented nature of ancient texts and the tireless efforts of researchers to reconstruct them.

While this edition adheres closely to the ancient source material, perhaps some readers might be slightly daunted by the complexity and specialized nature of the content. The inclusion of a glossary or explanatory footnotes for specific terms and concepts would have been beneficial in enhancing accessibility to a wider audience.

In conclusion, "An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic" by Anonymous is an impressive translation that allows readers to delve deep into the heart of ancient Mesopotamian literature. Through the translation, introduction, and extensive notes, Anonymous effectively brings this ancient epic to life, making it a valuable resource for scholars and a captivating read for enthusiasts seeking to explore the rich mythology and cultural heritage of Babylon.

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This eBook was produced by Jeroen Hellingman.

Yale Oriental Series


Volume IV

Part III

Published from the fund given to the university in memory of Mary Stevens Hammond

Yale Oriental Series. Researches, Volume IV, 3.

An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic

On the Basis of Recently Discovered Texts


Morris Jastrow Jr., Ph.D., LL.D. Professor of Semitic Languages, University of Pennsylvania


Albert T. Clay, Ph.D., LL.D., Litt.D. Professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature, Yale University

Copyright, 1920, by Yale University Press

In Memory of William Max Müller (1863 1919) Whose life was devoted to Egyptological research which he greatly enriched by many contributions


The Introduction, the Commentary to the two tablets, and the Appendix, are by Professor Jastrow, and for these he assumes the sole responsibility. The text of the Yale tablet is by Professor Clay. The transliteration and the translation of the two tablets represent the joint work of the two authors. In the transliteration of the two tablets, C... Continue reading book >>

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