The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Teachings of Siduri and How Siduri's Ancient Advice can Help Guide us to a Happier Life
The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Te achings of Siduri and How Siduri's Ancie nt Advice Can He lp Guide
Us to a Happie r Life , Third Edition
Copyright © 2013 Peter Dyr
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Important note on copyright: The original text from “The Epic of Gilgamesh” was created, transmitted
and written down by multiple anonymous contributors around 3,000-4,000 years ago. All translations
used in this book were either by the author (Peter Dyr) or are in the public domain. Public domain
translations of the original cune iform inc lude those of Morris Jastrow and Albert Clay for their
translations in "An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic on the Basis of Recently Discovered
Texts" by Morris Jastrow and Albert T. Clay (New Haven: Yale University press, 1920). The author has
also extensive ly re-written the prose of Bernarda Bryson Shahn's translation in "Gilgamesh: Man's First
Story" by Bernarda Bryson (Henry Holt & Company, 1966) to fit within the same shortened poetic form
of the original Old Babylonian stanzas, and then used these reconstructed verses to fill in the gaps in the
Old Babylonian texts. All additiona l writing, analysis and commentary is by Peter Dyr.
Dedicated to Morris Jastrow, Albert Clay and Bernarda Bryson for their tireless work translating these
ancient tablets, and to my wife and daughter for their love, support and inspiration.
This book conta ins the complete text for the Epic of Gilgamesh based, as much as possible, on the
origina l Old Babylonian tablets. It also discusses both the teachings of Siduri and how Siduri's ancient
advice may help guide us to a happier life.