What is Gilgamesh about?
Gilgamesh was a King of Ur, he was 1/3 god, 2/3 man. He is devastated by his friend Enkidus death and doesnt want to die also, so he sets out on a journey for immortality. Someone tells him to go find a certain flower that if eaten will give you immortality. HE finds the flower and is going to take it back to his people to share but a serpent takes it on his way back. He goes to the gods to ask for immortality, and a god, tells him that if he can go without sleep for 7 days and 6 nights, then he can become immortal. He fails and falls asleep on the first day, and stays sleeping for all of the 7 days. When he gets home, he is not able to live forever, but he writes down his story, so his story will live forever..
Shamash helps gilgamesh in a couple of ways. One way he helps gilgamesh is when gilgamesh is fighting humbaba. Shamash gives Gilgamesh the winds of the world to help defeat humbaba. Also another way shamash helps is through supporting Gilgamesh's confidence. When Gilgamesh is entering the Land of the Cedar he is struck with fear. When this happens Shamash speaks to him saying not to be affraid.