The Epic of Gilgamesh
Epic of Gilgamesh is, perhaps, the oldest written story on Earth. It
comes to us from Ancient Sumeria, and was originally written on 12 clay
tablets in cunieform script. It is about the adventures of the
historical King of Uruk (somewhere between 2750 and 2500 BCE).
translator chose to eliminate Tablet XII for personal reasons, with
support from many literary, archaeological, and linguistic experts
because it appears to be more of a sequel to the first 11 tablets,
containing a story about Enkidu volunteering to retrieve some objects
that Gilgamesh dropped into the Netherworld.
This translation is
based on the "standard" Akkadian "edition", but is filled in with
excerpts from the Old Babylonian where necessary.