Gilgamesh And The Iliad Analysis

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When reading about the ancient heroes we see a close connection between them and their gods either through divine interference or protection. In his essay “The Gods of the Aeneid” Robert Coleman states, “Devine interventions were a traditional staple of epic, conferring status upon the human events portrayed, and evoking the world where gods and men were closer to one another (Coleman 143).” We see this play out not only in the “Aeneid,” but “Gilgamesh” and the “Iliad” as well with each poet adding their distinct style to each of our heroes. The lessons learned from these epics are the gods are fickle, interfering, and mysterious forces in both the natural and spiritual world.
In “Gilgamesh” we learned that the gods are fickle after Gilgamesh
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We witness this when Juno sends Iris down to work the women up in a frenzy to burn the ships (Coleman 151). Then we see the internal when, “The Aeneas was overwhelmed by the vision, stunned, his hackle bristles with fear, his voice chokes in this throat (Virgil 1015).” It is per Coleman, “internal motivation of human behavior comes principally through dreams and visions (Coleman 145).” The Roman people accepted both types of interventions at the time the Virgil composed the Aeneid. The one thing which separates Aeneas from the rest of the epic heroes the gods already determined his fate, therefore, making his life was divine …show more content…
One that is natural such as the creation of Enkidu. Although divinely created he represented the natural world around them as he was first living with the animals in the wild. Another part we see in the spiritual realms are those concerning the Bull of Heaven to the pursuit of eternal life. Gilgamesh even questions Utanapishtim about the flood. In his reply Utanapishtim, “Now then, who will convene the gods for your sake, that you may find the eternal life you seek? (The Epic of Gilgamesh 148)” Adding to the mystery of just who the gods are and to the fickleness of their behavior.
In the Iliad, the secrets of the gods are a little more known. The fact that neither side knows whose side the gods are on. They appear at different times as different people. You have Apollo encouraging the Trojans while Athena helps and fights for the Greeks. “Things are different with motives the poet gives for divine intervention into human affairs. The poet of the Iliad interprets the world by taking the passions of the gods to determine what happens on a human level (Kullman 3). The mystery of the gods revolves around the emotions with the fate of humanity in the

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