The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic

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Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2002 - 384 ˹
"The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the world's oldest known epics-itpredates Homer by several centuries and is recognized as seminal to the cultural history of the Ancient Near East. Interpretation and decipherment of the story of Gilgamesh--fragmentary and contradictory as its several variants are--has been a monumental scholarly task, spanning more than a century...until Jeffrey Tigay teased out the epic's evolution. In this volume, Tigay traces the development of the composition of "The Gilgamesh Epic over nearly two millennia and through the several languages in which it has been transmitted. The result is a study both comprehensive in breadth and impressive in methodology. The author breaks from his scholarly predecessors in relying on documented textual evidence rather than on critical analysis and hypotheses. The immense contribution represented by this study has been acknowledged since its first publication in 1982. This reprint edition once again makes Tigay's groundbreaking work readily available to humanists, historians of literature and religion, biblical and classical scholars, anthropologists, and folklorists.
 

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The Story and Its Structure
3
The Versions of the Epic
10
Critical Methods in the Study of The Gilgamesh Epic
16
THE SUMERIAN SOURCES OF THE AKKADIAN EPIC
23
Vlll
39
The Contents of the Old Babylonian Version
48
E Expansion by Parallelism
61
Changes Due to Editors Taste
71
THE INTRODUCTION AND FRAMEWORK OF
140
TRADITIONAL SPEECH FORMS LITERATURE AND RITUALS
161
THE OPPRESSION OF URUK
178
THE CREATION OF ENKIDU
192
THE EARLY LIFE OF ENKIDU
198
THE FLOOD STORY
214
Nonharmonization of the Flood Story with
232
The Addition of the Flood Story to Gilgamesh
238

Assimilation
81
The Significance of the Assimilation
100
On Theological Changes
108
THE FRAGMENTS OF THE MIDDLE BABYLONIAN PERIOD
110
THE LATE VERSION
130
The Afterlife of the Epic
251
Gilg Ni 2NT79
297
Ancient Texts
304
Index
335
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