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Invitation to World Literature


Recommended Translations & Editions

EditionsAbout these Editions

Andrew George
The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New Translation (Penguin, 2003)


This is our recommended text. A readable and accurate poetic version by the world's leading expert on Gilgamesh; with an excellent introduction, and useful selections of the older Sumerian poems as well.

Benjamin Foster
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Norton Critical Edition, 2001)


Clear and accurate translation, with excellent introduction and notes, and with a generous selection of Sumerian and other Gilgamesh material, and several modern critical essays.

Stephen Mitchell
The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New English Version (Free Press, 2006)


A very readable though loose translation, by a distinguished translator with no knowledge of the original but with a gift for poetic language.

John Gardner and John Maier
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Vintage, 1985)


A successful poetic collaboration between a contemporary writer and a specialist in the ancient material.