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Gilgamesh. Translated from the Sin-Leqi-Unninni Version.

Gardner, John with John Maier.

Published by Knopf, New York, 1984
ISBN 10: 0394537718 / ISBN 13: 9780394537719
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Title: Gilgamesh. Translated from the ...

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1984

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition


A Near Fine tight copy with a remainder mark to the top edge in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. The Gilgamesh story reaches back to a real Sumerian hero of the Third Millenium B.C. Its late version was written, not in Sumerian but in Akkadian, the language of Sumer's conquerors, by the priest, Sin-leqi-unnini, around 1300 B.C., and it is this Middle Babylonian version that we have been given in the present book. Although Gilgamesh is usually presented as a poem in twelve books, Gardner and Maier, guided by the fact that each of its twelve cuneiform tablets has six columns on each side, and feeling that "the column is an important unit of composition" (page vii), decided to treat the tablets as seventy-two columns or separate poems. Hence the unusual column-by-column layout of their book. Bookseller Inventory # 23673

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