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What is the 'full' version of The Epic of Gilgamesh?

What you want depends on what you mean by "full version". Translators have taken different approaches to translating the Epic of Gilgamesh. This is due to the fact that only two thirds of ...
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What is the 'full' version of The Epic of Gilgamesh?

Assuming the online version you read was by AINA (the Assyrian International News Agency), which indeed sits at 27 pages (and is the third result when I Googled "Epic of Gilgamesh"), note that the PDF ...
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Which flood story was first: Genesis or The Epic of Gilgamesh?

Walther Sallaberger's book Das Gilgamesch-Epos. Mythos, Werk und Tradition (C. H. Beck, 2008) discusses the flood story mainly in the context of the Standard Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh Epic. ...
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Is there really a single "Old Babylonian version" of the Epic of Gilgamesh?

There isn't any single Old Babylonian version. The same is true even of the different witnesses to the so-called standard version, but to a lesser extent, hence "standard" – the Old Babylonian ...
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Is there really a single "Old Babylonian version" of the Epic of Gilgamesh?

In 1977, Jeffrey H. Tigay published the article Was There an Integrated Gilgamesh Epic in the Old Babylonian Period? (Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Memory of Jacob Joel Finkelstein, Connecticut ...
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What percentage of clay tablets found in Mesopotamia contain literature?

If you're looking for an exact number, I can't give that to you. But I can give you a rough idea: the overwhelming majority of clay tablets are financial records. Let me put this into perspective: in ...
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What percentage of clay tablets found in Mesopotamia contain literature?

In his book Die Babylonier. Geschichte, Gesellschaft, Kultur (2004; 3rd, revised edition 2015), Michael Jursa (Professor of Assyriology at the University of Vienna) writes that the following ...
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Why did the gods send the flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh?

In the "standard version" of the Babylonian epic (see the translation by Andrew George, Penguin, 1999), it is not very clear. After the gods discover that Uta-napishti has survived the flood, Ea ...
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Who is Gugalanna?

The Wikipedia contributors did a fairly decent job of gathering what little information is available about Gugalanna. The only text in the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL) that ...
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Why did the gods send the flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh?

Here is another version of the answer above, also referring to "The Epic of Atraḥasis", in Gary Beckman's introduction to Stanley Lombardo's verse rendering of "Gilgamesh" (Hackett,...
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