The Epic of Gilgamesh in Turkish
By Danny P. Jackson
Illustrated by Thom Kapheim
Translated by Ahmet Antmen
The Turkish edition of the Gilgamesh, Gilgamis Desani, is a faithful translation of Jackson's rendition. This first translation in Turkish contains the entire content of the Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers edition: Introduction by Robert D. Biggs; Appreciation by James G. Keenan; eighteen photographs of artifacts, captioned by Robert D. Biggs; 'My Poetic Intention' by Danny P. Jackson; all twelve tablets of the Gilgamesh text; glossary of proper names; and fifteen original woodcuts by Thom Kapheim.
Though The Epic of Gilgamesh exists in several editions, Bolchazy-Carducci's version was undertaken with a very specific intentto remain faithful to the source material while attempting to convey the poetic scope of a work that is both lusty and tender and one that retains the ability to arouse compassion and empathy in all who follow Gilgamesh on his journey. This edition reanimates the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu for modern readers through indelible poetic images.
Now available in Turkish, the intent of Jackson's rendition has been validated with recognition throughout the publishing world including:
- Prentice Hall for their anthology, Literature of the Ancient World, vol. 1 (New York, 2000)
- D.G. GraubArt Publishers for their English-Hebrew edition, The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Myth Revisited (Jerusalem, 2001)
- Great Books Foundation for their adult discussion series, Great Conversations 1 (Chicago, 2004)
The themes of Gilgamesh echo in other literature throughout the ancient and modern world. The longing stretch toward the infinite...the reluctant embrace of the temporal. This is the eternal lot of mankind. This is the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Danny P. Jackson is a teacher of Greek and Latin with degrees in comparative literature and classical languages. Formerly a project editor for Prentice Hall, a freelance journalist, and a teacher of English and religion, he has done preliminary work on a poetic rendition of Enuma Elish, the world's first recorded creation story, also from the ancient Near Eastern milieu. Jacksons work has appeared in The New York Times, National Catholic Reporter, English Journal, Phi Delta Kappan, Commonwealth, New Jersey Educational Review, Media & Methods, and Ocean County Times Observer.
Robert D. Biggs is a professor of Assyriology with The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, editor of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies since 1971 and associate editor of The Assyrian Dictionary since 1964. He is widely published in the area of ancient Near Eastern studies; has translated cuneiform texts and inscriptions; and has participated in excavations of Near Eastern sites for The Oriental Institute, the Institute of Fine Arts of the Metropolitan Museum and the British Archaeological Expedition.
James G. Keenan is a professor of Classics at Loyola University of Chicago. He is widely published in the area of Greek papyrology and Greek and Roman history and historiography.
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Evrensel bir yapıt...
İnsanlığa armağan edilmiş en görkemli
Ücte ikisi tanrı, ücte biri insan olan Uruk
Kralı Gılgamış'ın ölümsüzlüğü arayış
M.Ö. III. binyılda yaratılmış ve günümüze
kadar gelmiş olan Gılgamış Destanı
kendi ölümsüzlük yolculuğuna
"İnsanı yarattığinda tanrılar,
Ölümü verdiler ona,
Sonsuz yaşamıysa kendilerine ayırdılar."