The Epic of Gilgamesh. Translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs. Electronic Edition by Wolf Carnahan, I Tablet I. He who has seen everything, I will make . The Epic Of Gilgamesh. 1. THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH. N. K. Sanders. Assyrian International News Agency. Books Online raudone.info GILGAMESH. The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in Akkadian and Sumerian. Translated and with an introduction by. ANDREW GEORGE. PENGUIN.

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I WILL proclaim to the world the deeds of Gilgamesh. This was the man to whom all things were known; this was the king who knew the countries of the world. Gilgamesh was an historical king of Uruk in Babylonia, on the River Euphrates in you should turn to The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. by Maureen Gallery Kovacs. The present volume is a companion to my monograph The Baby- lonian Genesis and as such follows the same pattern. The trans- lations of the Babylonian and.

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Epic of Gilgamesh. Literature Class. ENG Context Unlike the heroes of Greek or Celtic mythology, the hero of The Epic of Gilgamesh was an actual historical figure, a king who reigned over the Sumerian city-state of Uruk around b. Long after his death, people worshipped Gilgamesh, renowned as a warrior and builder and widely celebrated for his wisdom and judiciousness. Called Erech in the Bible, Uruk was one of the great cities of ancient Mesopotamia.

The historical King Gilgamesh probably raised its walls, which archaeologists have determined had a perimeter of six miles. Today its ruins rest near the town of Warka, in southern Iraq, about a third of the way from Basra to Baghdad.


Though the military actions of stopped their work before excavations could begin, their claim has aroused considerable interest. Although he had been a ubiquitous literary, religious, and historical figure for two millennia, he would be completely forgotten until Victorian times, more than 2, years later.

When George Smith rendered the eleventh tablet of the Gilgamesh epic into English in , it set off an immediate sensation.

Possibly, both versions hearken back to an even older source. Some scientists have recently speculated that the basic story reflects a folk memory of events in b. Major Characters Gilgamesh King of Uruk, the strongest of men, and the personification of all human virtues.

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A brave warrior, fair judge, and ambitious builder, Gilgamesh surrounds the city of Uruk with magnificent walls and erects its glorious ziggurats, or temple towers. Two-thirds god and one-third mortal, Gilgamesh is undone by grief when his beloved companion Enkidu dies, and by despair at the prospect of his own extinction.

He travels to the ends of the Earth in search of answers to the mysteries of life and death. Enkidu Companion and friend of Gilgamesh. Hairy-bodied and brawny, Enkidu was raised by animals.

Even after he joins the civilized world, he retains many of his undomesticated characteristics. Enkidu looks much like Gilgamesh and is almost his physical equal.

The gods punish Gilgamesh and Enkidu by giving Enkidu a slow, painful, inglorious death for killing the demon Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. She represents the sensuous refinements of culture—the sophisticated pleasures of lovemaking, food, alcohol, music, clothing, architecture, agriculture, herding, and ritual.

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The gods granted eternal life to him and his wife. He loses this privilege when he accepts Gilgamesh as a passenger, so he returns with him to Uruk. The Hunter Also called the Stalker.

The hunter discovers Enkidu at a watering place in the wilderness and plots to tame him.

Anu The father of the gods and the god of the firmament. Aruru A goddess of creation who fashioned Enkidu from clay and her spittle. Ea The god of fresh water, crafts, and wisdom, a patron of humankind. Ea lives in Apsu, the primal waters below the Earth.

Humbaba The fearsome demon who guards the Cedar Forest forbidden to mortals. He is the personification of awesome natural power and menace. His mouth is fire, he roars like a flood, and he breathes death, much like an erupting volcano.

In his very last moments he acquires personality and pathos, when he pleads cunningly for his life. Scorpion-Man Guardian, with his wife, of the twin-peaked mountain called Mashu, which Shamash the sun god travels through every night.

They are familiar figures in Mesopotamian myth. Siduri The goddess of wine-making and brewing. Siduri is the veiled tavern keeper who comforts Gilgamesh and who, though she knows his quest is futile, helps him on his way to Utnapishtim. He built magnificent ziggurats, or temple towers, surrounded his city with high walls, and laid out its orchards and fields.

He was physically beautiful, immensely strong, and very wise. Siduri is the veiled tavern keeper who comforts Gilgamesh and who, though she knows his quest is futile, helps him on his way to Utnapishtim. He built magnificent ziggurats, or temple towers, surrounded his city with high walls, and laid out its orchards and fields.

He was physically beautiful, immensely strong, and very wise. Although Gilgamesh was godlike in body and mind, he began his kingship as a cruel despot. He abused his subjects, who in turn prayed to the gods to take away their misery. Gilgamesh then traveled to the edge of the world and learned about the days before the deluge and other secrets of the gods, and he recorded them on stone tablets. The epic begins with Enkidu. He lives with the animals, suckling at their breasts, grazing in the meadows, and drinking at their watering places.

A hunter discovers him and sends a temple prostitute into the wilderness to tame him. In that time, people considered women and sex calming forces that could domesticate wild men like Enkidu and bring them into the civilized world. When Enkidu sleeps with the woman, the animals reject him since he is no longer one of them. Now, he is part of the human world. Then the harlot teaches him everything he needs to know to be a man.

Enkidu steps into the doorway and blocks his passage. The two men wrestle fiercely for a long time, and Gilgamesh finally prevails. After that, they become friends and set about looking for an adventure to share.

Gilgamesh and Enkidu decide to steal trees from a distant cedar forest forbidden to mortals. A terrifying demon named Humbaba, the devoted servant of Enlil, the god of earth, wind, and air, guards it.

The two heroes make the perilous journey to the forest, and, standing side by side, fight with the monster.

With assistance from Shamash the sun god, they kill him. Then they cut down the forbidden trees, fashion the tallest into an enormous gate, make the rest into a raft, and float on it back to Uruk. Upon their return, Ishtar, the goddess of love, is overcome with lust for Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh spurns her.


Enraged, the goddess asks her father, Anu, the god of the sky, to send the Bull of Heaven to punish him. The bull comes down from the sky, bringing with him seven years of famine. Gilgamesh and Enkidu wrestle with the bull and kill it. The gods meet in council and agree that one of the two friends must be punished for their transgression, and they decide Enkidu is going to die. He takes ill, suffers immensely, and shares his visions of the underworld with Gilgamesh.

When he finally dies, Gilgamesh is heartbroken. Exchanging his kingly garments for animal skins as a way of mourning Enkidu, he sets off into the wilderness, determined to find Utnapishtim, the Mesopotamian Noah.

After the flood, the gods had granted Utnapishtim eternal life, and Gilgamesh hopes that Utnapishtim can tell him how he might avoid death too.

She warns him that seeking immortality is futile and that he should be satisfied with the pleasures of this world. Urshanabi takes Gilgamesh on the boat journey across the sea and through the Waters of Death to Utnapishtim. Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh the story of the flood— how the gods met in council and decided to destroy humankind.

Utnapishtim was rewarded with eternal life. Men would die, but humankind would continue. Plot For all intents and purposes, Gilgamesh was the superhero of the Ancient Mesopotamian world.

In other words, all that we are not and all that we will never be. He bringeth news dating farther back than the deluge. He has traveled far-distant roads and became weary, and now he has engraved on standing stones the whole of the story. When the gods fashioned Gilgamesh, to him they gave a perfect form. The glorious sun Shamash bestowed upon him glory; Adad the terrible god of storms bestowed upon him courage.

The great gods perfected his magnificence beyond all others, terrible like the great wild bull. Two-thirds god they made him; one-third man they made him. OK, it seems that in Mesopotamia they had some different concepts for beauty — such which would have probably made Aubrey de Grey the talk of Uruk — which, by the ways, is the city-state where Gilgamesh is the king. Gilgamesh was all but a nice king.

But hey — what were the people of Uruk supposed to do? He was, after all two-thirds a god! Which means that the only ones better than him were… well, those who are three-thirds gods. That is, the gods. So, the people of Uruk cried unto them looking for some help. And they got some in the form of another man the goddess Aruru fashions in the famous Biblical way — out of clay.

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This other man is called Enkidu and is quite uncivilized, living with the animals, suckling at their breast and drinking at their watering holes. So, he goes to Uruk and asks for some help. When he comes back, he is with Shamhat, a temple-prostitute. Why a prostitute, you might ask? Well, because, for some reason, our ancestors believed that having sex with one should turn a wild man into a civilized individual. Come to think of it, Siddhartha experienced something similar.

He also realizes something tells us that he may have been manipulated into thinking this that Gilgamesh is a bad king. And from here on, Gilgamesh and Enkidu are inseparable buddies. And, of course, they have adventures! Otherwise, this would have been the end of the epic. First, they go to the Cedar Forest and decide to kill Humbaba, the ogre who guards it.

Quite advanced and liberal this Mesopotamian society, but also quite monster-infested!They are familiar figures in Mesopotamian myth. Until he finishes his journey to the city, may his garment not be stained, but may it still be quite new. These Sumerian tales stood by their sudden decision in council, prompted alone as independent compositions, some focus- mainly by Enlil's dislike of loud noise, to oblit- ing on Gilgamesh as heroic warrior and king, oth- erate mankind.

I will take it to Uruk of the strong walls; there I will give it to the old men to eat. Gods live by their own laws and frequently behave as emotionally and irrationally as children. Enkidu Companion and friend of Gilgamesh.

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