History Literature / TheEpicOfGilgamesh

6th Feb '18 3:37:41 AM Racoon7
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Cue the lesson become immortal through your deeds.
1st Feb '18 2:27:47 PM Eievie
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* OverlyLongGag: The part where the darkness was thick and there was no light, he could see nothing ahead and nothing behind him. It's repeated 6 times, all in a row.
12th Jan '18 1:51:59 AM Dingbot
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Gilgamesh's abuses of the people as King of Uruk include rape, forced conscription, and ringing the city bell because he thinks its funny.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Gilgamesh's abuses of the people as King of Uruk include rape, forced conscription, and ringing the city bell because he thinks its it's funny.
30th Nov '17 9:14:54 AM Game_Fan
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Gilgamesh's abuses of the people as King of Uruk include rape, kidnapping, and ringing the city bell because he thinks its funny.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Gilgamesh's abuses of the people as King of Uruk include rape, kidnapping, forced conscription, and ringing the city bell because he thinks its funny.
30th Nov '17 9:14:01 AM Game_Fan
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Gilgamesh's abuses of the people as King of Uruk include rape, kidnapping, and ringing the city bell because he thinks its funny.


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* RedundantDepartmentOfRedundancy: Every major plot point is written out at least twice. For instance the people complain about Gilgamesh's bad behavior as king by saying: "Gilgamesh sounds the bell for his amusement, his arrogance has no bounds by day or night. No son is left with his father, for Gilgamesh takes them all, even the children; yet the king should be a shepherd to his people. His lust leaves no virgin to her lover, neither the warrior's daughter nor the wife of the noble; yet this is the shepherd of the city, wise, comely, and resolute." Which is redundant enough on its own but it is then immediately repeated ''word for word'' by the gods.
** Its speculated that this was done to make sure that listeners would know the important parts and be able to remember them.
23rd Oct '17 2:18:03 PM abby-anne
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* BeastAndBeauty: Enkidu is a wild man raised by animals who [[SexAsRiteOfPassage enters the world of man sleeping with the beautiful priestess,]] Shamhat.
12th Oct '17 12:39:41 AM WolfMattGrey
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* EastwardEndeavor: Gilgamesh travels to the earthly paradise of the gods at the easternmost edge of the Earth, and then goes even farther east, across the sea, to the island where the mariner Utnapishtim lives and where he can find a plant that grants back youth. He fails in getting this plant, but in the uttermost east he learns to accept his mortality and overcomes the fear of death that has hounded him since Enkidu died, returning home a wiser man (at least by the standards of the ancient Middle Eastern societies) and at peace with himself.
23rd Sep '17 1:39:20 PM DarkHunter
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* WorthyOpponent: Enkidu and Gilgamesh.

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* WorthyOpponent: WorthyOpponent:
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Enkidu and Gilgamesh.Gilgamesh. It's the foundation of their friendship.
** A copy of the ''Epic'' discovered in Iraq in 2011 contained additional lines that hadn't been seen before, depicting Gilgamesh and Enkidu referring to Humbaba as a worthy opponent after his death, and expressing some remorse at having destroyed the beautiful Cedar Forest in their battle.
1st Sep '17 7:55:18 AM Morwen
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* LostInTranslation: Gilgamesh's dreams about Enkidu are a DoubleEntendre. The Assyrian word for meteor "kisru" sounds like the word for male prostitute "kezru," while axe sounds like the word for eunuchs who take on the sexual role of women.
8th May '17 4:40:41 PM Theriocephalus
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A [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology legend from Ancient Mesopotamia]], the ''Epic of Gilgamesh'' is the earliest surviving [[TheHerosJourney heroic epic]] and is very much OlderThanDirt. While not the first example of literature ever written (with Sumerian and Egyptian texts like the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instructions_of_Shuruppak Instructions of Shuruppak,]]'' the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kesh_temple_hymn Kesh temple hymn,]]'' the Hymns of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enheduanna Enheduanna]] and the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_Texts Pyramid Texts]]'' dating back even further) it is often considered to be the earliest surviving work of great literature, predating even ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheBible'' by well over a 1000 years.

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A [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology legend from Ancient Mesopotamia]], the ''Epic of Gilgamesh'' is the earliest surviving [[TheHerosJourney heroic epic]] and is very much OlderThanDirt. While not the first example of literature ever written (with Sumerian and Egyptian texts like the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instructions_of_Shuruppak Instructions of Shuruppak,]]'' Shuruppak]]'', the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kesh_temple_hymn Kesh temple hymn,]]'' hymn]]'', the Hymns of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enheduanna Enheduanna]] and the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_Texts Pyramid Texts]]'' dating back even further) it is often considered to be the earliest surviving work of great literature, predating even ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheBible'' by well over a 1000 thousand years.
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