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This conclusory chapter reiterates that this book proposes a new hypothesis for examining the literary history of the Old Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic. The Akkadian Huwawa narrative, displays a perspective that is independent from both the earlier Sumerian story and the epic material that surrounds it. In particular, Penn's depiction of Enkidu as one who must forget his wild origins does not align with the Enkidu of Yale, whose expert knowledge of Huwawa renders him Gilgamesh's perfect guide in the steppe. The block in Schøyen - 2 rev. 61- 81 that suggests the epic's perspective may also reflect the variability of textual reproduction in the OB period. While older material does exist in both Sumerian and Akkadian, the early second-millennium represents a particular barrier to understanding the compositional background of Mesopotamian literature.

Keywords: Akkadian Huwawa narrative; Enkidu; Old Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic; Penn tablet; Schøyen; second-millennium Gilgamesh composition; steppe; Sumerian story; Yale tablet



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