The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Teachings of Siduri and How Siduri's Ancient Advice Can Help Guide Us to a Happier Life, Third Edition
Copyright © 2013 Peter Dyr
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Important note on copyright: The original text from “The Epic of Gilgamesh” was created by unknown poet(s) over 4,000 years ago. The text was recorded by Sin-leqi-unninni around 1200 BCE and other unknown authors circa 1,800 BCE and before. All translations used in this book were either by the authors (Peter Dyr and Jim Braum) or are in the public domain. Public domain translations of the original cuneiform include those of Morris Jastrow and Albert Clay for their translations in "An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic on the Basis of Recently Discovered Texts" by Morris Jastrow and Albert T. Clay (New Haven: Yale University press, 1920). Peter Dyr has also extensively re-written the prose of Bernarda Bryson Shahn's translation in "Gilgamesh: Man's First Story" by Bernarda Bryson (Henry Holt & Company, 1966) to fit within the same shortened poetic form of the original Old Babylonian stanzas, and then used these reconstructed verses to fill in the gaps in the Old Babylonian texts. The new updated Third Edition also now includes excerpts of Jim Braum's new English verse version of the Epic "He who saw into the Deep: The English Verbal Epic of Gilgamesh". Braum's English verse re-construction is loosely based on prior translations by Thorkild Jacobsen (1949, "Mesopotamia: The Good Life, Before Philosophy; The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man" by Frankfort, Wilson and Jacobsen, Penguin Books, Baltimore, Maryland) and Andrew George (2003, "The Epic of Gilgamesh", Penguin Classics, Penguin Publishers, London, England). All additional writing, analysis and commentary is by Peter Dyr and Jim Braum.