preview

The Epic Of Gilgamesh: The Oldest Story In The World

Good Essays
Gilgamesh is known as one of the oldest stories in the world. It tells the story of an ancient King of Uruk, Gilgamesh, who may have actually existed, and whose name is on the Sumerian King List. The story of Gilgamesh,was told in various Sumerian versions, and was originally known in the third millennium B.C.. The story of Gilgamesh was first found in the library of King Assurbanipal of Nineveh, written on twelve tablets. "Gilgamesh's life and his adventures during his unsuccessful quest for immortality are told on eleven of the twelve tablets." The twelfth tablet was "a description of the nether world, in which Gilgamesh rules after his death as divine judge over the shades, guiding and advising them. Later in the years, the story of Gilgamesh…show more content…
He is so attractive that Ishtar the goddess love has fallen for him and wants to marry him. He refuses rudely, and points out that she has ruined many lives of her previous husband. Ishtar is furious and she goes to her father, Anu, demanding that he send the Bull of Heaven to punish Gilgamesh. She threatens to smash down the gates to the underworld if her father does not listen to her demands. Anu then sends the Bull of Heaven to punish Gilgamesh but Enkidu catches it by the horns, and Gilgamesh kills it. Unfortunately, as Enkidu finds out in a dream, the gods are holding a meeting to determine the fate on who should die for these attacks on divinity Gilgamesh or Enkidu. since Gilgamesh is part divine and part human it was decided that he would live and while Enkidu is part human and part animal he would be the sacrifice who then sickens and dies. Gilgamesh is distraught and has denial of death. he keeps the body of Enkidu for a few days, until the body became wormy. , he had then had him buried. Gilgamesh despairs for the loss of Enkidu, but also for his own death, which he now understands that it must come to him some day as well. Seeking to avoid death Gilgamesh decieds to looks for eternal life by Utnapishtim, the only human being who was granted eternal life by the…show more content…
Gilgamesh was able to gain entrance to the mountain and travels for leagues in the dark until he arrives in the garden of the gods.Gilgamesh continues in his journey to search for Utnapishtim and the secrets of life and death. He meets a divine wine-maker along the way who is named Siduri, who gives him shelter and tries to give him advice to accept his human fate . But Gilgamesh insists that he has to find Utnapishtim, so she tells him that Urshanabi a boatman, can take him across the Sea of Death to the place where Utnapishtim lives After a long boat-trip, Urshanabi brings Gilgamesh to Utnapishtim, who tells his story. The story of the Flood .The Flood was a one time event that will never occur again,and Utnapishtim and his wife were only immortal is because the gods have given them the gift when they surrvied the flood The final blow to Gilgamesh here is seven loaves of bread which Utnapishtim's wife made, one each day that Gilgamesh slept. He could not even stay awake for seven
Get Access