The epic story of Gilgamesh is likely one of the earliest tales in international literature, composed greater than 4 thousand years in the past. It survives in fragmentary shape in quite a few cuneiform drugs. This 1920 e-book provides transliterations and translations of previous Babylonian fragments came upon because the discovery within the 1850s of shattered clay drugs within the library of King Ashurbanipal (668-627 BCE) at Nineveh via A. H. Layard, and painstakingly pieced jointly by way of George Smith (several of whose works were reissued during this series). Its American editors, Morris Jastrow Jr (1861-1921) and Albert T. Clay (1866-1925) speak about the complex historical past of the epic, and the hot details won from extra lately came upon resources, mainly the 2 comparable goods identified respectively because the Pennsylvania and Yale drugs. The epic continues to be of curiosity to biblical students in addition to Assyriologists, considering that its description of an outstanding flood is akin to the tale in Genesis.
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