Thanks to the beneficence of my friend Alan Zuschlag, I now own two more versions in English of The Epic of Gilgamesh. It’s a great story about the arrogance of power, the need for checks and balances for liberty, friendship, true love between men, adventure, death, grief, the quest for eternal life, and much more. Alan gave me the brand new rendition by Stephen Mitchell and the relatively recent rendition by David Ferry. (That brings to, um, 8 the number of English versions I have, plus German and The Standard Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh (in cuneiform, with transliteration) edited by Simo Parpolo. (The latter I got just for fun, as I can’t read the cuneiform and the transliteration gives me just a vague sense of what it might have sounded like.)
I hope to read the two new editions this weekend. Thank you, Alan!