The epic of gilgamesh

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full title · The Epic of Gilgamesh

author · The ancient authors of the stories that compose the poem are anonymous. The latest and most complete version yet found, composed no later than around 600 b.c., was signed by a Babylonian author and editor who called himself Sin-Leqi-Unninni.

type of work · Epic poem

genre · Heroic quest; heroic epic

language · Sumerian; Akkadian; Hurrian; Hittite. All these languages were written in cuneiform script.

time and place written · Between 2700 b.c. and around 600 b.c. in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq)

date of first publication · Tablet XI of Gilgamesh was first translated into English and published in 1872. The first comprehensive scholarly translation to be published in English was R. Campbell Thompson’s in 1930.

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