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Project Presentation: “The Interplay of Metaphor and Metonymy in Gilgameš, Enkidu, and the Netherworld”

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Presented by Lilith Apostel, subproject B05

The Sumerian composition Gilgameš, Enkidu, and the Netherworld, one of the forerunners of the better known Akkadian Gilgameš Epic, contains numerous metaphors, some of them explicitly in the form of simile. Particularly conspicuous is their prevalence in the report about the netherworld, where they illustrate the dependence of the fate of the deceased on the number of his descendants. However, metonymies also form an important element without which this passage cannot be adequately understood. Textual examples will be used to demonstrate specific challenges of metaphor annotation when metonymies are also at play.

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