The Epic Of Gilgamesh, By King Of Uruk

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Epics are long poems, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation. There are numerous epics known to us today, and the epic of Gilgamesh is one of them. This epic is one of the oldest epic ever written in the world. This epic was written on eleven different clay tablets. It used to be told only orally many years before it was written down. So many versions and languages of this epic has been disseminated, but the English version of this epic was sensational when released. The Epic of Gilgamesh offers the story and adventure of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, who was two-thirds god and one-third man. Uruk was in Mesopotamian and was the largest city…show more content…
Because of Gilgamesh’s behavior, the people of Uruk complained so Anu summoned Aruru to create one who is equal in strength with Gilgamesh so that they can contend with each other so that Uruk would have peace. Aruru created valiant Enkidu from clay. He knew neither people nor inhabited land, and he dressed and fed just like animals did. A hunter noticed Enkidu, and how strong and smart he was. Enkidu used to destroy the hunter’s trap, and help the wildlife escape the hunter’s attacks. The hunter told his father and his father sent him to tell Gilgamesh about it. Gilgamesh told the hunter to take Shamhat, a harlot, and use her to lure and take his vitality. The hunter did as told and it worked. Enkidu fell for her charms and slept with her. Shamhat talked to Enkidu and tried to convince him to renounce his audacity and his wild beast lifestyle. She also told him about Gilgamesh and how strong and perfect he was in stature. She tried to convince him to follow her back to Uruk to see Gilgamesh, and stay. Fortunately, Gilgamesh was having strange dreams around this time, and he told his mother, Ninsun, about it. Ninsun explained his dream to him and told him it means someone with divine strength would be coming soon, and that he would make him his partner and they would love each other. It is interesting how mighty and perfect Gilgamesh is, but still he used this qualities to oppress most of his

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