..."alive" after death in the HB?

Martin A. Shields mshields at mail.usyd.edu.au
Mon Dec 23 20:36:19 EST 2002

> It is. On a 17th-18th c. tablet said to have come from Sippar (two fragments
> currently housed in the British Museum (96974) and the Vorderasiatisches
> Museum in Berlin (4105)), Shamash says, "O Gilgamesh, where are you
> wandering? / The life that you seek you never will find" (i.7'-8'; George
> 1999, 123). I don't see a comparable statement in Siduri's speech.

Perhaps this is not the place to discuss this too fully, but there does seem
to be some (either) confusion or variation in the attribution of these
words, probably between versions. ANET3 attributes the words to Siduri,
although I can only check this indirectly at present (cf. Seow,
Ecclesiastes, p.65).


Martin Shields.

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