Web Sites For The Epic of Gilgamesh





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Web Sites For The Epic of Gilgamesh
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Dr. Brian W. Gastle
August 23, 2001

Primary Informational Sites on The Epic of Gilgamensh and Sumerian history

Epic of Gilgamesh: An Outline (http://www.hist.unt.edu/ane-09.htm)
An outline and study guide for Lee E. Huddleston Ancient Near East History class at the University of North Texas. Good outline (although some sections are merely listed with a brief title rather than a complete summary of the events) and excellent accompanying annotated bibliography, but difficult to navigate and read online.

Gilgamesh Study Guide (http://novaonline.nv.cc.va.us/eli/eng251/gilgameshstudy.htm)
A study guide for Dr. Dian Thompson's World Literature class at Northern Virginia Community College. A good directory of topics, but none of the topics are developed very thoroughly. Page is easy to navigate and might make a good starting point for developing an essay on the epic.

"Storytelling, the Meaning of Life, and EoG" (http://eawc.evansville.edu/essays/brown.htm)
An online essay by Arthur A. Brown, as part of Exploring Ancient World Cultures on the WWW (EAWC). The essay talks about why we should read an ancient epic today. The essay is quite easy to read, but only contains a couple of sources. And while many other EoG sites link to this essay I could not find any information about Arthur A. Brown, although EAWC is a good, academic site.

Gilgamesh Translation (http://www3.sympatico.ca/untangle/Gilgamesh.html)
A tablet by tablet translation of the epic. The page is part of a privately operated myth site and references the following translations, but does not provide any information about how the translation was put together or which translation was used where:
The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. by Maureen Gallery Kovacs (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990)
Gilgamesh, translated by John Maier and John Gardner (New York: Vintage, 1981)

Cultural and Literary Analysis - Darmok (http://cweb.middlebury.edu/classadmin/ID0125/darmok.html)
An interesting, and accessible, site discussing the epics role in a Star Trek: Next Generation episode

Directories (Lists of Links) on The Epic of Gilgamesh and Sumerian history

Bomis: The Gilgamesh NetRing - http://www.bomis.com/rings/gilgamesh
A private search engine list of sites with annotations.

The Epic of Gilgamesh (http://pfaff.newton.cam.ac.uk/Epic.html)
A list of sites referenced by Jonathan H N Chin at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, England. His own description states, "It should be blindingly obvious that the server is mostly a sop to his ego. The server does however have a practical purpose and it houses a few items of interest." Not pretty, but well annotated and diverse.

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