Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld and the Sumerian Gilgamesh Cycle

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Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, Aug 8, 2014 - History - 446 pages

Alhena Gadotti offers a much needed new edition of the Sumerian composition Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld, last published by Aaron Shaffer in his 1963 doctoral dissertation. Since then, several new manuscripts have come to light, prompting not only a new edition of the text, but also a re-examination of the composition. In this book, Gadotti argues that Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld was the first, not the last of the Sumerian stories about Gilgamesh. She also suggests that a Sumerian Gilgamesh Cycle, currently only attested in old Babylonian manuscripts (ca. 18th century BCE), was in fact developed during the Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BCE). Providing a new way to look at the Sumerian Gilgamesh stories, this book is relevant not only to scholars of the ancient Near East, but also to anyone interested in epic and epic cycle.

 

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Contents

An Overview
1
CHAPTER II The Prologue of Gilgameš Enkidu and the Netherworld
7
CHAPTER III The ḪalubTree
27
CHAPTER IV Narrative and Poetic Structure
51
CHAPTER V Enkidu Redivivus
83
CHAPTER VI The Sumerian Gilgameš Cycle
93
GEN ll 255end
109
CHAPTER VIII The Manuscripts
129
Translation
154
Eclectic Text
162
Textual Matrix
171
Commentary
243
Appendix
309
Bibliography
315
Indexes
329
Plates
357

The Edition
153

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Alhena Gadotti, Towson University, Towson, MD, USA.

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