Is There A PDF Of The Epic Of Gilgamesh In Cuneiform Writing?

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Is there a PDF of the Epic of Gilgamesh in cuneiform writing?

That depends on whether by ‘transcription’ you mean the Akkadian manuscripts themselves, English transliteration of these texts, or simply English translations. An additional factor to consider is that there are many minor and major variations in these texts that span a period of over 1600 years - so there is no single, authoritative version of the epic (although the first millennium BCE Standard Version is more uniform). Finally, only around two thirds of the epic is currently extant, so there are many gaps in the narrative. If you’re looking for an excellent translation and transliteration of the Standard Version - along with informed discussion and exegesis, then the two volume commentary by Andrew George (The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic, 2003) is the standard academic reference work on the epic.

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The work of Ernest King's deciphered of cuneiform and his discovery of the Mesopotamian cuneiform alphabet are still remembered today. But, though the deciphered of Mesopotamian cuneiform continued for a number of years, many of the discoveries made during the period of deciphering failed to make a significant and lasting impact on modern scholarship. This is mainly due to the fact that only a tiny percentage of Assyrian cuneiform texts has actually been deciphered to date. In the 1800s the British Government started the Mesopotamia Project, a concerted effort to identify and publish at least some cuneiform inscriptions of the Assyrian Empire. A group of thirty-four Assyrian scholars from different parts of the Empire took up this project and, to their disappointment, discovered that there had been a general lack of interest from the mainstream British Museum since the establishment of the Mesopotamia Project in 1902. This, in itself, was unusual,.

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