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    The Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story about the king of the sumerian city-state Uruk in about 2700 BCE: Gilgamesh was a great warrior during his lifetime and he left a lasting impression on Mesopotamian culture. The historical significance of The Epic of Gilgamesh is that it is one of the “earliest surviving pieces of literature” from this period, and the most well-known. (Tignor 2013). In The Epic of Gilgamesh the hero, Gilgamesh, goes through many changes in his character and lifestyle throughout the story in order to find his purpose in his society. Uruk was one of the most famous and most important cities in ancient Mesopotamia. It was founded around 4500 BCE and was the first “true” city created (Mark 2011). Uruk was…

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    that has survived since the third millennium BCE. The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Mesopotamian poem of telling a story about the epic adventures of a man named Gilgamesh, who is the King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu. The word meaning of Mesopotamia means the “land between the rivers” in ancient Greek language and the location of Mesopotamia is land near between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers which in present-day are across in countries of most of Iraq, Kuwait, and Eastern part of…

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    Gilgamesh Despot

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    Gilgamesh was god and one-third man and he was the 5th king of Urke. In Uruk, a city set between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. And their kings represented the will of the gods. Even though Gilgamesh was required to involve others so they could figure the interpretation of the gods’ will. As a king, Gilgamesh had to patron and guide his people but he was despot and masterful. as a result of his actions, “ his lust leaves no virgin to her lover, neither the warrior’s daughters nor the…

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    rest to build a raft in which they used to float back to Uruk. Once back in Uruk, the goddess of love, Ishtar, proclaimed her lust for Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh responded by reminding her of the fate of all of her past lovers. This made Ishtar furious, and she asked her father, Anu, the god of the sky, to send down the Bull of Heaven as punishment. The bull was sent down, along with seven years of famine. Gilgamesh and Enkidu defeated the bull, but the gods decided that one of the two must die for…

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    The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of literature that chronicles the journey of a young king of ancient Uruk, which was a city-state in Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and is presently known today as Iraq. In 2700 B.C.E., the ancient story “The Epic of Gilgamesh” was written in the Sumerian language (the earliest Mesopotamian language) on twelve clay tablets (Puchner33). Gilgamesh, who was created by the gods, was two-thirds god and one-third man. This…

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    choose to be happy. Gilgamesh did not want to hear this and pressed Siduri for information that would lead him to Utanapishtim. Siduri relented and instructed Gilgamesh to find Ur-Shanabi, who could take him across the sea. Gilgamesh found Ur-Shanabi and together they went to Utanapishtim. Utanapishtim told Gilgamesh about a plant that would make him young again. Gilgamesh found and harvested the plant to take back to Uruk with him, believing he had the secret to immortality. However, on…

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    Who Is Gilgamesh A Hero

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    When Gilgamesh woke up seven days later he realized how eternal life was not for him, and he returned home to his city of Uruk accompanied by the boatman who had sailed him across the ocean, Urshanabi. Gilgamesh's invention shows how he attained wisdom. He realized that eternal life was not possible but that he could gain immortality through fame, he had built the great city of Uruk. The seventh century epic starts with an ode to Gilgamesh as a wise man "He who saw the Deep, the foundation of…

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    While the epic prides over Gilgamesh’s wondrous feats of being responsible for he is portrayed as a nonpareil king, describing him as “tall, Magnificent, and terrible” (I, 37). Gilgamesh exploits his power by having “no equal”(I, 65). His overbearing superiority makes him uncompassionate and subjects his people to oppression, who complain that “by day and night his tyranny grows harsher” (I, 69). There is a juxtaposition of Gilgamesh’s roles, going from being the “shepherd of…

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    Javier Romero Dr. Felipe English Comp 3 August 13, 2015 The Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh shows realities between the unruly natural world and civilized Mesopotamia. This epic is the journey of a warrior, Gilgamesh, filled with great hubris, as he searches for the key to immortality. Gilgamesh is the king of Uruk but is seen more like a overpowering tyrant than a kind leader to his people. The gods send a wild man, Enkidu, as a buffer to Gilgamesh’s hubris. When Enkidu dies he is…

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    Enkidu: Gilgamesh’s Double Who was Gilgamesh, really? While he may have been known to build Uruk and knew the most of all men know, his real character was not always like that. This is where Enkidu comes in. Enkidu, made to be Gilgamesh’s “double” (Gilg., p.5), pulls out the hero in Gilgamesh and leads him on the path to becoming a hero. Enkidu was the example of the hero Gilgamesh was to become and therefore acted as Gilgamesh’s double in that he represents Gilgamesh’s final state. To get…

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