The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Homer 's Iliad Essay

1732 Words Sep 27th, 2014 7 Pages
The Hero Epic is thought of to be one of the worlds first if not the first ever written form of a story. Filled with excitement, war, terror and extreme character change these stories have everything needed for a successfully plot even on todays standards. The Two famous stories The Epic of Gilgamesh and the story of Achilles in Homer’s Iliad will be compared mainly in terms of their main characters; Gilgamesh and Achilles. Initially giving background information on the texts themselves and then moving into detail on the meanings and themes of characters a clear line between the two will seem to form. The Epic of Gilgamesh and the story of Achilles in the Homer’s Iliad both successfully create a story around the Hero Epic theme in similar teachings and overall themes and ideas. The death of both Gilgamesh’s and Acilles’s close friends acted as a catalyst of character change that led them on the journey to becoming better leaders and men of power.
Identification of Documents The Epic of Gilgamesh which is thought of to be the worlds first known and documented Hero Epic’s originated in the Sumerian and Babylonian Area near 2100 BCE. Gilgamesh is thought to be a real man and the fifth king in the first dynasty at Uruk the mighty walled city. He is the son of King Lugalbanda, who became a god after his death and Ninsun his mother who stays by his side and prays for his success an uncanny amount. The story tells of a man “Surpassing all kings, powerful and tall beyond all…

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