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250 pages
Journal of Cuneiform Studies Supplemental Series, 6
Lockwood Press
Language:
English
Hardback (November 2018)
ISBN-13 9781948488068
ISBN-10 194848806X
$89.95
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ISBN-13 9781948488075
ISBN-10 1948488078
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Subjects:
Ancient Near East
The Hittite Gilgamesh
by Gary M. Beckman
From the late third millennium BCE on, the adventures of Gilgamesh were well known throughout Babylonia and Assyria, and the discovery of fragmentary Akkadian-language fragments of versions of his tale at Bogazköy, Ugarit, Emar, and Megiddo in Palestine demonstrates that tales of the hero's exploits had reached the periphery of the cuneiform world already in the Late Bronze Age. In addition to the manuscripts in the Hittite language recounting Gilgamesh's adventures, two Akkadian versions and fragmentary Hurrian renderings have turned up at the Hittite capital Hattusa. This volume offers an edition of the material from Bogazköy, which has been of particular importance to modern scholars in reconstructing the epic and analyzing its development, since it documents a period in the history of the narrative's progressive restructuring and elaboration for which very few textual witnesses have yet been recovered from Mesopotamia itself. And it is this very Middle Babylonian or Kassite period to which scholarly consensus assigns the composition of the final, canonical, version of the epic. 
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