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Gilgamesh (1.132)
(2,176 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Epic


The Gilgamesh Epic is deservedly the most famous literary relic of ancient Mesopotamia. Its evolution can be traced from episodic Sumerian beginnings (“The Tale of Ziusudra”) through successive Akkadian translations and adaptations to a final canonical version in twelve tablets (chapters) (see Tigay 1982), and serves as an empirical model for tes…

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Foster, Benjamin R., “Gilgamesh (1.132)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <>

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