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Answer 1 A poem and among the earth's earliest literary works portraying a mythological Sumerian King from about the 3rd millennium BCE filled with the stories of Spirits, mon…sters and gods. Answer 2 There's another really famous story. It's one of my favourites It's a very long story called an epic. It's about a king named Gilgamesh. He's a hero who has a lot of adventures, along with his best friend, whose name is Enkidu. Enkidu is a wild man who runs with the animals. But then he meets Gilgamesh, and they really hit it off. One day, they were looking for adventure, so they decided to travel west to the mountains, high up into the cedar forest, to bring cedar wood back to the city. Cedar trees are tall and straight, and the wood lasts a long time. It's perfect for building a palace. But there was another reason for going to the cedar forest -- a demon lived there. He was a huge, angry demon named Huwawa. Gilgamesh and Enkidu thought they were strong enough to defeat him in battle, and they wanted to try. So the two friends set out. They moved so fast, a trip that should have taken six months, they made in just two weeks. Leaving the river valley, they climbed higher and higher. The air became crisp and cool, and they could hear the sounds of rushing streams and the wind blowing in the trees. Soon, they reached the place where the cedar trees grew tallest and straightest. They brought out their axes to start cutting them down. Gilgamesh had just touched the first tree with his axe when they heard an awful roar. It was Huwawa. The demon took a giant leap toward them. "Why are you cutting my trees?" he said. "Leave now, or you'll be sorry!" His face was horrible and twisted with anger. Well, I would have left right then, but Gilgamesh and Enkidu turned to face the demon. They called on the sun god to protect them. The sun god liked Gilgamesh, so he sent the 13 great winds to wrap themselves around Huwawa and bring him to the ground. The demon promised Gilgamesh all the cedar wood he could carry if only he would set him free. But Enkidu didn't believe a word. "Don't let him go," he warned Gilgamesh. So with one swift stroke, Gilgamesh killed the demon. Then they were free to choose the finest cedar trees. They cut them into logs, lashed the logs together into a raft, and floated back down the Euphrates river to the city. After that, Gilgamesh was even more famous. Tales of his deeds even reached the ears of the gods. The goddess Inanna heard about Gilgamesh. She was the goddess of love, and she fell in love with him. But Gilgamesh brushed her off and was very rude. Well, Inanna was also the goddess of war, and now she was furious. She sent the giant bull of heaven to trample the city. As the bull charged toward them, Enkidu caught it by the horns, and Gilgamesh struck the beast with his sword and killed it. The grateful people threw a huge feast to celebrate, but the gods were not pleased. Soon afterwards Enkidu became very sick and died. Gilgamesh was really upset. He started to search for ways to become immortal so he'd never have to die himself. He decided to find Ziusudra, the only man to survive the great flood. Surely, he knew the secret of eternal life. Gilgamesh wandered into the wild lands, and eventually came to a door leading into a mountain. It was the entrance to the land of the gods, guarded by fearsome scorpion-men, who allowed him to enter the dark tunnel where no human had ever set foot. At the end of the tunnel, he found the dazzling garden of the gods, where the bushes were hung with jewels. There he found a woman who asked Gilgamesh why he looked so sad. "I want to be immortal," Gilgamesh said. "Just enjoy your life," the woman replied. "Eat, drink, dance, love. That's what life is for." But Gilgamesh wasn't convinced. So the woman told him how to cross the ocean and find Ziusudra. But when Gilgamesh finally found him, Ziusudra couldn't help. "Immortality is a gift of the gods," he said. "It is their secret, and theirs alone." So Gilgamesh came home empty-handed, but wiser. Now, as he looks at the walls of his city-the city he's spent his whole life building-he realizes how much better it is to do good work in the time that he has, rather than spend time trying to become immortal. So, that is part of the epic of Gilgamesh. His story and my journal are alike in a way. When our stories and thoughts are written down, other people can read and understand them. And that's why I think it's so great that we've learned to write-because now our stories and ideas can be remembered forever.
n.k. sandars. the author of the actual gilgamesh is shin-eqi-unninni
The epic of Gilgamesh is a very entertaining and humanistic take of a powerful king and the victories he achieves over terrifying supernatural opponents, assisted by his close… friend - the wild man Enkidu. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh, grief stricken and fearing for his own mortality, travels to the ends of the earth in a futile search for the secret of immortality.
It is the first example of leshure.
This epic is just about King Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu trying fight an immortal god. Enkidu represents one of the earliest instances of the archetype of the "Noble Savag…e". His friendship for Gilgamesh one of classic brotherly love. The Epic has elements of many of the core metaphors of classical western literature.
There are fragments of an Akkadian recension from the middle of the second millennium. The Boğazköy archives have yielded also important fragments of a Hittite translation, …as well as a fragment of a Hurrian rendering of the epic. From the first half of the second millennium we possess representative portions of the Old Babylonian version of the epic. That this version was itself a copy of an earlier text is suggested by the internal evidence of the material. The original date of composition of the Akkadian work is placed at the turn of the second millennium, or slightly earlier. Gilgamesh learnt of the Flood when he was journeying in search of the secret of immortality. He learnt that the flood wind blew and the south-storm swept the land for six days and nights, then Utnapishtim's ship came to a halt on Mount Nisir. ________ The flood happens in the distant past in the time of Utnapishtim, an ancient ancestor of the hero who lived in Shuruppak. We are given no idea of timescale in the epic, although archaeological evidence suggests that there was a local flood around 2900BCE in Shuruppak that may have been the basis for the later myth of a universal flood. Incidentally, there is no geological or archaeological evidence for either a mesopotamia-wide or worldwide flood.
human life is difficult and immorality is only for gods.
it ends with the death of gilgamesh
Because it teaches a lesson about being content with who you are and not wanting to change a single thing about you.
utnapishtim, utnapishtim's wife, Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Humbaba
Utnapishtim, his wife and other relatives, his craftsmen, and the animals.
The Epic of Gilgamesh was preserved by storytellers. They orally told stories, each their own way. The Epic as we have it now is not in it original form due to changes in the …way the teller said it. It was written down and preserved in the first known library.
The Epic of Gilgamesh was found in Iraq.
It is the first to confront the idea of death
I believe that he wanted to bring it back to his city and give pieces to all of the elders to eat
it was the first known piece of writing
What animal does Gilgamesh encounter first on his journey and how does he react from the Epic of Gilgamesh?
A snake; he ends up in sorrow.