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The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh is preserved on three groups of manuscripts (clay tablets), which give an account of the poem at different stages in its evolution, from the eighteenth century BC to the first millennium BC.
These Babylonian and Assyrian fragments bear witness to a standardized edition of the poem, which we call the Standard Babylonian epic. This last version of the poem was the result of a deliberate work of editorial, according to tradition carried out by a learned scholar called Sin-leqi-unninni, who probably flourished about 1100 BC. The oldest sources for his version are from the ninth or eighth centuries; the last dated manuscript comes from about 130 BC, when Babylonia was a dominion of the Parthian kingdom.
The edition of the Standard Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh published in Andrew George's critical edition of the poem (further details available from Oxford University Press) is a composite variorum edition, in which the evidence of the different first-millennium manuscripts is combined. The result is a transliterated text reconstructed from the cuneiform witnesses according to the editor's judgement.
George's composite transliteration and translation of the standardized first-millennium text was based on a previous transliteration of the text of each individual manuscript. The text was established by first-hand study of each individual tablet and, for the most part, a newly drawn hand-copy (facsimile) of the cuneiform. The cuneiform of every fragment was published alongside the composite text.
Readers of the epic who do not read cuneiform may wish to consult the evidence of individual manuscripts. To this end, George's synoptic ("score") transliterations of each of the twelve tablets of the Standard Babylonian Epic of Gilamesh are published here as PDF files.
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet I (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet II (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet III (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet IV (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet V (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet VI (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet VII (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet VIII (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet IX (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet X (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet XI (PDF)
- SB Gilgamesh Tablet XII (PDF)