The Mesopotamian's The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh was a changing story that had a changing image of its main character after it was first recorded in 2100 BCE in Mesopotamia. As time went on the language changed from Sumerian to Akkadian. The change of language brought new versions of the story which led to the image of Gilgamesh varying. In some he was known as being a great kind that had done many good deeds and in others according to, "He is also described as abusing his powers and oppressing his people." The Mesopotamians thought of Gilgamesh as a heroic character because of the adventures he went on which meant encountering gods and monsters. These adventures in the end, made him gain wisdom and learn a life lesson about how immortality was not possible for him, but he could achieve it in other ways. Scholars explore reasons why Gilgamesh was a hero because of the different versions over time and how the story changed. The research they have done made them learn about each version since it had been around for a long time. In 2100 BCE the Mesopotamians recorded the …show more content…
Gilgamesh was a good person in most versions and became a wiser character over time. He did good deeds for people like the building of Uruk. He learned that he could still be immortal without have to live forever because of the good deeds he did which gave him a lasting legacy that readers like the Mesopotamians remember him by which make him a hero. Van De Mieroop and Buccellati explore different aspects about Gilgamesh that help explain why he was a hero and remembered. For thousands of years the Mesopotamians recorded the first adventures of Gilgamesh who had a changing image overtime that interested scholars, but who was also very heroic because of his good deeds, adventures taken, and lessons learned because of them which is why he was a hero to the ancient

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