The epic of Gılgamesh – Tablet II

Enkidu sits in front of her. [The next 30 lines are missing; some of the fragmentary lines from 35 on are restoredfrom parallels in the Old Babylonian.] “Why …”(?)His own counsel …At his instruction …Who knows his heart…Shamhat pulled off her clothing,and clothed him with one piecewhile she clothed herself with a second.She took hold […]

The epic of Gılgamesh – Tablet VI

He washed out his marred hair and cleaned up his equipment(?),shaking out his locks down over his back,throwing off his dirty clothes and putting on clean ones.He wrapped himself in regal garments and fastened the sash.When Gilgamesh placed his crown on his head,a princess Ishtar raised her eyes to the beauty of Gilgamesh.“Come along, Gilgamesh, […]

The epic og Gılgamesh – Tablet VIII

Just as day began to dawnGilgamesh addressed his friend, saying:“Enkidu, your mother, the gazelle,and your father, the wild donkey, engendered you,four wild asses raised you on their milk,and the herds taught you all the grazing lands.May the Roads of Enkidu to the Cedar Forestmourn youand not fall silent night or day.May the Elders of the […]

The epic of Gılgamesh – Tablet IX

Over his friend, Enkidu, Gilgamesh cried bitterly, roaming the wilderness.“I am going to die!–am I not like Enkidu?!Deep sadness penetrates my core,I fear death, and now roam the wilderness–I will set out to the region of Utanapishtim, son of Ubartutu,and will go with utmost dispatch!When I arrived at mountain passes at nightfall,’I saw lions, and […]

The epic of Gılgamesh – Tablet X

The tavern-keeper Siduri who lives by the seashore,she lives…the pot-stand was made for her, the golden fermenting vat was made for her.She is covered with a veil …Gilgamesh was roving about…wearing a skin,…having the flesh of the gods in his body,but sadness deep within him,looking like one who has been traveling a long distance.The tavern-keeper […]

The epic of Gılgamesh – Tablet XI

Gilgamesh spoke to Utanapishtim, the Faraway:“I have been looking at you,but your appearance is not strange–you are like me!You yourself are not different–you are like me!My mind was resolved to fight with you,(but instead?) my arm lies useless over you.Tell me, how is it that you stand in the Assembly of the Gods,and have found […]

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