Maureen Gallery Kovacs Translation

The Epic of Gilgamesh is, perhaps, the oldest written story on Earth. It comes to us from Ancient Sumeria, and was originally written on 12 clay tablets in cuneiform script. It is about the adventures of the historical King of Uruk (somewhere between 2750 and 2500 BCE). The translator chose to eliminate Tablet XII for personal reasons, with support from many literary, archaeological, and linguistic experts because it appears to be more of a sequel to the first 11 tablets, containing a story about Enkidu volunteering to retrieve some objects that Gilgamesh dropped into the Netherworld.This translation is based on the “standard” Akkadian “edition”, but is filled in with excerpts from the Old Babylonian where necessary.

Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet I
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet II
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet III
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet IV
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet V
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet VI
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet VII
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet VIII
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet IX
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet X
Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet XI