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202996Re: Gilgamesh question. --Pretty well OT

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  • Siva Kalyan
    May 5, 2014
      It is of course possible that the Portuguese translation was based on the
      English (depending on how many Portuguese-speaking Sumerologists there are).

      2014年5月6日火曜日、Roman Rausch<aranwe@...>さんは書きました:

      > >Gilgamesh went abroad in the world, but he met with none who could
      > >withstand his arms till he came to Uruk.
      > [...]
      > >Does anyone here speak/read Akkadian or Sumerian? What is the word here
      > translated as arms?
      > > Which sort of arm does it mean?
      > This is a really free prose translation. The closest thing which the
      > original Akkadian seems to have is line 65 of tablet 1: _ul īši šāninamma,
      > tebû kakkūšu_ 'he has no rival, his weapons are ready' where the used word
      > is _kakku(m)_ 'weapon' (a loanword from Sumerian _kak_), pl. _kakkū_, with
      > masc. poss. _kakkūšu_ 'his weapons'. The word for 'arm' in the body part
      > sense is _aḫu(m)_ (<ḫ> = [x]).
      > For a line-by-line translation of the Akkadian text, you can download
      > Andrew George's book from here, btw:
      > http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/1603/
      > >Or does it have the same polysemy as the English word?
      > Is it really polysemy in English? I would rather say it's accidental
      > homophony since the meaning 'weapon' is from French, and the two don't seem
      > to interact further, as far as I'm aware. (Unless perhaps in 'sidearm'?
      > Mhm...)
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