The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Book Of Exodus Essay

1471 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Since the ancient days up until the present day, writing has taken place. Writing was and is a way for people to express certain emotions and give others the opportunity to live moments that have occurred. Writing also serves as a record. Without it, many issues and ways of living of past cultures would not be as apparent as they are today. Two major pieces of writing that serve as great tools to examine and reflect upon two particular cultures are The Epic of Gilgamesh and the book of Exodus. The Epic of Gilgamesh reveals aspects of the political and social organization and about the view of death of the Mesopotamian culture while in Hebrew culture these aspects of organization and death are seen in the book of Exodus.
The Epic of Gilgamesh may be one of the earliest epics in world literature, but that does not diminish the fact that it is very instructive. The political organization revealed within this epic is evident with the kings and priest presented. The king of Uruk was Gilgamesh, described as the strongest man and he demonstrated human virtues. Him being a male and having power over government shows that this was the traditional form of government in ancient Mesopotamia. People held the Kings in Mesopotamian culture to a standard that made their life suitable. The people 's expectation of Gilgamesh to be a good ruler was not what happened. To tame his way of ruling Enkidu was created (Sources, 4). This shows that the Mesopotamian political organization did not…

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