Please remember that this is not an authoritative translation. It is
not original, it is just the general consensus put into my own words
(but these sometimes coincide with some one else's sentence!); and
when everyone disagrees about the meaning of a word or phrase, I often
say to myself that my guess is as good as theirs. The very first line
(as with Gilgamesh) is a puzzle. I don't know where I got the idea of
awilum being locative (> in place of), but certainly the meaning must
be that once upon a time the gods were doing all the work, not humans.
For the birth bricks I had an Egyptian analogy of squatting on two
large bricks in mind.
The idea that the drum represented the human heartbeat, I picked up
from Albright in BibArc'st, and also the malthusianism at the end.
The thing was prepared for my students, to give them the gist of what
is going on in the story, and I added bits of the Assyrian version to
fill gaps in the story line. I added notes at the end.
I hope it will be useful to you in that way.
It was your request that prompted me to put it there. I have a lot
more of them waiting on the assembly line for a final polishing. The
Song of the Pearl (Syriac) is one which is extremely original, and I
have put that on open access; but Enuma Elish and Gilgamesh are ones I
am hesitant about. Having seen Lambert's translation of EE on the web
the other day, I suppose I could use it to correct my own version, but
would not want to be in competition with him.
The same with Andrew George's Gilgamesh (printed in books). I met
Andrew George (and also Victor Hurovitz and Gary Rendsburg) at a
seminar on Gilgamesh in Sydney; Andrew gave me a crit session on
details of my interpretation of the epic, and I want to put my study
of the themes of the epic on my website.
Massey University, NZ
On 10/09/2008, at 12:06 AM, sbudin@... wrote:
> Wow! Thank you! This is very helpful! Many, many thanks!
> -Stephanie Budin
> Quoting Brian Colless <briancolless@...>:
> > Stephanie,
> > My translation is now available on my Collesseum website, in the
> > Ancient Mesopotamia section.
> > It is taken from Brian Colless, Hieroglyph and Cuneiform: Ancient
> > Religious Writings (Massey University, 1997) 107-113 (not
> available in
> > shops).
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