> copies of earlier Sumerian originals are faithful
> is completely irrelevant to the point. All that
> matters is that this is what the people thought at
> the time these were written which we can use as
> historians to help date these structures.
The whole point of my comment to Thanos was to point out that this was more than probably NOT what people thought at the time the so-called ‘Gilgamesh’ stories were either written or re-transcribed in antiquity; I avoided using my own work as a reference for obvious reasons and quoted out of the esteemed book Hamlet’s Mill. If you re-read that quote carefully, you will get a better grasp of its meaning. It refers to OUR 20th century understanding of the texts.