Gilgamesh : The Epic Of Gilgamesh Essay

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The Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh was the very first short story to be written down. Unlike many other ancient texts, the story of the Assyrian king Gilgamesh remained hidden for a while until it was rediscovered in 1853. It is a large compilation of early heroic tales that was collected and made one around 2000 BC by an unknown Babylonian scribe. It was found written on clay tablets in Akkad. The fullest version of Gilgamesh was said to be about three thousand lines, written on eleven tablets, with a twelfth tablet added later as some sort of appendix. Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk which the epic was written about, reigned somewhere in Sumer around 2600 BC, which is known as the Golden Age in Old Babylonian history. Gilgamesh was said to be two-thirds god and one-third man. His people did not like the way he acted and the way he treated the women of his land so they asked the gods that created him for change. The gods, in return, created a barbaric man named Enkidu to hold Gilgamesh’s attention to protect the citizens of his arrogance. One night though, as the king and Enkidu were going for a walk around the city Enkidu stopped Gilgamesh from disrespecting a young women. Having one of his subjects telling him what to do angered Gilgamesh greatly. So, they fought each other very furiously but soon came to realize they were equal in strength, skill, and courage. After the fight, the two men gained much respect for each other and become inseparable…

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