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The words is-sa-ab-tu-ma ki-ma LI-i-im i-lu-du occur twice (the second time as is-sa-ab-tu-u-ma) in the depiction of the fight between Gilgamesh and Enkidu in column vi of the Pennsylvania tablet. The two verbs are clear: issabtuma, "they seized [one another], grappled," and iludu, "they bent." The phrase between these verbs has generated much debate. There are two common views regarding ki-ma LI-i-im, which diverge only in regard to the meaning of the second word. According to both interpretations, ki-ma is understood as the comparative "like," and LI-i-im as the noun to which Gilgamesh and Enkidu are compared, in one case a bull, and in the other an expert wrestler. Both of these translations are problematic. I propose instead that kima be understood in its prepositional sense meaning "in order," with the infinitive of the verb le'um, "to overpower." [TABLE OMITTED]

GENRE
Sachbücher
ERSCHIENEN
2007
1. Januar
SPRACHE
EN
Englisch
UMFANG
10
Seiten
VERLAG
American Oriental Society
GRÖSSE
312.9
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