Differences And Similarities Between Odysseus And Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

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Odysseus and Gilgamesh are both heroes from two diverse time eras that were in search for the meaning of life. The epic Gilgamesh was settled from early Mesopotamia, and the Odyssey was developed from early Greece. Gilgamesh was very prevalent and it was also extremely valuable to the historians of the Mesopotamian culture because it discloses much about the religious world, such as their attitudes to gods, how hero was defined and regarded, views about death and friendship. The Odyssey was very prevalent in its time also. It was set in ancient Greece where its culture, mythology, was the heart of everyday life. The Greek culture turned to mythology to explain different miracles for which they had no scientific explanation and that was prominent in the epic of Odysseus. The two heroes of these different stories have many differences and parallels.
Gilgamesh, a hero from the epic Gilgamesh, was the ancient king of Uruk in Babylonia, on the river Euphrates in modern Iraq: he lived about 2700BC. Odysseus, the hero from the epic the Odyssey, was the ruler of the island kingdom of Ithaca. He was one of the most prominent Greek leaders of the Trojan War. Both men were granted certain strengths, Gilgamesh had physical, while Odysseus had mental strengths. Gilgamesh was tremendously self-confident and at times that self-confidence led him to have very little consideration for the people of Uruk at the start of the story. He was their king, but not their guardian; he killed their
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