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Title: The Buried Foundation of the Gilgamesh Epic: The Akkadian Huwawa Narrative
Author: Fleming, Daniel E Sara J. Milstein
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2010
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004178489
Volumes: 1; Pages: xx, 228
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The Akkadian Gilgamesh Epic, perhaps the most famous of Mesopotamian literature, has been considered the artistry of one author inspired by Sumerian tales. Specialists have assumed that all the earliest evidence (ca. 1800-1700 B.C.E) reflects this creative unity. Deep contrasts in characterization and narrative logic, however, distinguish the central adventure to defeat the monster Huwawa from what precedes and follows it. The Huwawa narrative stands on its own, so that the epic must have been composed from this prior Akkadian composition. Recognition of the tale embedded in the epic allows each block of material to be understood on its own terms. Such literary-historical investigation from contemporary texts is new to Assyriology and may produce important results when applied to other Mesopotamian writing.