Posts Tagged ‘Gilgamesh’
  • This is part three of my notes on the Epic of Gilgamesh.  Part one can be found here and part two, here. Synopsis: Tablet VIII Enkidu is dead, and Gilgamesh is devastated.  He laments him, ripping his hair and clothes.  He commissions a statue for him, immortalizing him in the only way he can.  He also takes responsibility for providing for Enkidu in the underworld.  He sets aside gold and slaughtered animals to give as gifts to important people in the underworld, people who can he... more »
  • I wrote a synopsis and my thoughts on Tablets I and II of the Gilgamesh Epic here. This post will cover Tablets III through VII. Tablet III Gilgamesh, along with Enkidu, starts off on his manly quest to kill the monster, Humbaba, and chop down some cedars in the forest he guards.  Before they leave, a divination is read, which is unfavorable.  Gilgamesh ignores the prophecy and final plans are made.  The two are sent off by dignitaries. Tablet IV On the way, Gilgamesh has a se... more »
  • There are epics, and then there are Epics. The Gilgamesh epic is in the latter category. It is the earliest surviving story of its kind. Written over 4,000 years ago, the epic is a cautionary tale of wisdom on the subject of life, death, and the folly of trying to outrun death, of seeking immortality. First, a little background on Gilgamesh (I am trying to refrain from referring to him affectionately as Gilgy). Gilgamesh was a king of Uruk, an early Mesopotamian city, and according to tra... more »
  • [caption id="attachment_171" align="alignleft" width="153" caption="Sargon, creator of the first empire"][/caption] I took a lot of notes when I read through Susan Wise Bauer's book, The History of the Ancient World (HOTAW), and I am revisiting them as my little ancient history book club goes chronologically through other sources of ancient history and literature.  First I am focusing on Mesopotamia up to the year 2000 BC; this time period is covered in HOTAW in chapters 1-3, 7-8, 10, 12-13,... more »