Title The Epic of Gilgamesh (Norton Critical Editions), 2/e
Author Benjamin R. Foster
ISBN 9780393643985
List price USD 15.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 256
Book size 132 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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“This scrupulous new translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh manages to convey much of the archaic power and even something of the occasional humor of the ancient Mesopotamian poem. What is especially valuable is that the translators, by collating passages from the different ancient versions of this epic that have survived only in fragments, have made available many vivid narrative episodes that will be new to most English readers of the poem.”
Robert Alter, University of California, Berkeley



This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • An expanded translation from the Akkadian by Benjamin R. Foster based on new discoveries, adding lines throughout the world’s oldest epic masterpiece.
  • Benjamin R. Foster’s full introduction and expanded explanatory annotations.
  • Eleven illustrations.
  • Analogues from the Sumerian and Hittite narrative traditions along with “The Gilgamesh Letter,” a parody of the epic enjoyed by Mesopotamian school children during the first millennium BCE.
  • Essays by Thorkild Jacobsen, William L. Moran, Susan Ackerman, and Andrew R. George, and a poem by Hillary Major.
  • A Glossary of Proper Names and a Selected Bibliography.


List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and Symbols

The Text of The Epic of Gilgamesh

Analogues to The Epic of Gilgamesh
Douglas Frayne • The Sumerian Gilgamesh Poems
Gary Beckman • The Hittite Gilgamesh
Benjamin R. Foster • The Gilgamesh Letter
Albert Pietersma • The Birth of Gilgamesh According to the Roman Historian Aelian

Criticism and Response
Critical Approaches to The Epic of Gilgamesh
Thorkild Jacobsen • “And Death the Journey’s End”: The Gilgamesh Epic
William L. Moran • The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Document of Ancient Humanism
Susan Ackerman • Liminal Women: Shamhat, Siduri, Ishtar, and Utnapishtim’s Wife
Andrew R. George • The Mayfly on the River: Individual and Collective Destiny in the Epic of Gilgamesh
Hillary Major • Gilgamesh Remembers a Dream

Glossary of Proper Names
Selected Bibliography

About the Editor:

Benjamin R. Foster is Professor of Assyriology at Yale University, where he has taught since 1975. His books include Before the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature, From Distant Days: Myths, Tales, and Poetry of Ancient Mesopotamia, Sargonic Tablets from Telloh in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and Administration and Use of Institutional Land in Sargonic Sumer, and Umma in the Sargonic Period.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature.


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