Essay on The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Mesopotamian Era

967 Words Feb 10th, 2015 4 Pages
The period between 4000 – 3500 BC was were the civilization began during the Mesopotamian Era. The people of Mesopotamia lived between the Tigris and Euphrates River where they developed government and learned how to write. The first library was derived from this time where they created clay tablets to record events and create stories tales. One of the most famous mythical poems that was written in clay tablet was The Epic of Gilgamesh. The Epic of Gilgamesh is a poem that was created by the Akkadians and re written by other cultures in the Mesopotamian period. This story reflected the values and origins of the people during that time.
The Epic of Gilgamesh story starts with a King named Gilgamesh the great leader of Uruk who was the son of a human and a goddess. His treatment over the people was harsh and immoral. Gilgamesh overworked the men and raped the women. The people prayed to the gods for help so the gods created another man named Enkidu who was just as equal as Gilgamesh. Enkidu and Gilgamesh at first didn’t get a long right away but eventually ended up becoming good friends. Enkidu and Gilgamesh decided to go on a quest, they venture out to the Cedar Forest and end up killing Humbaba the monster that guarded the forest. The gods were angry towards this action so in a dream of Gilgamesh, the gods told him that his best friend Enkidu was going die. Surely enough after his dream, Enkidu becomes ill and dies. After the death of his best friend, he seeks out a journey…

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