Gilgamesh Origins

The Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest and most moving stories rooted in the ancient wisdom-tradition of mankind. Recited for nearly three millennia, it was virtually lost for another two with the advent of Christianity. Modern generations came to know about Gilgamesh only after the first cuneiform fragments of his story were […]

World of Gilgamesh

Mesopotamian mythology is the collective name given to Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian mythologies from the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq. The Sumerians practiced a polytheistic religion, with anthropomorphic gods or goddesses representing forces or presences in the world, in much the same way as later Greek mythology. According to said […]

City of Gilgamesh

Uruk was an ancient city of Sumer and later Babylonia, situated east of the present bed of the Euphrates and west of the Tigris River. The modern name Iraq is thought to be derived from the name Uruk. At its height, Uruk probably had 50,000–80,000 residents living in 6 square kilometres of walled area, the […]

Gilgamesh in Pop Culture and Entertainment

Literature • Gilgamesh the King and To the Land of the Living by Robert Silverberg. Silverberg also contributed works of short fiction concerning Gilgamesh to the Heroes in Hell shared world series of Bangsian fantasy. • Never Grow Old by Brian Trent is a 2007 novelization of the complete Gilgamesh Epic. The book’s title is […]

The Epic of Gilgamesh

We see Gilgamesh grow from a boy-king, whose life is unexamined and whose lusts are unchecked. His arrogance grew to overshadow his people, until Enkidu arrives. Boldly, Enkidu checks Gilgamesh’s lusts and beats him in single combat, the first and only man ever to have done so. The two become fast friends, and it is […]

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