History Literature / TheEpicOfGilgamesh

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.
15th Mar '17 8:28:26 AM ShorinBJ
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* ManlyTears: Gilgamesh sheds these at the death of Enkidu. This in a time when crying ''was'' manly.
13th Mar '17 11:54:11 PM fbiuzz
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* DeusExMachina: At Ninsun's request, Shamash binds Humbaba with the thirteen winds so Gilgamesh and Enkidu can kill him. And that was ''after'' they trick Humbaba to remove his seven "auras' which made him invincible.

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* DeusExMachina: At Ninsun's request, Shamash binds told Gilgamesh that he must trick Humbaba in removing his seven 'auras' which make him impossible for even them to defeat and gifted him with the three weapons (a mighty axe, a great sword and a bow). Even then that wasn't enough, and Shamash had to resort to binding Humbaba in thirteen winds to so Enkidu and Gilgamesh and Enkidu can kill him. And that was ''after'' they trick Humbaba to remove his seven "auras' which made him invincible.him.
13th Mar '17 11:48:03 PM fbiuzz
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* DeusExMachina: At Ninsun's request, Shamash binds Humbaba with the thirteen winds so Gilgamesh and Enkidu can kill him.

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* DeusExMachina: At Ninsun's request, Shamash binds Humbaba with the thirteen winds so Gilgamesh and Enkidu can kill him. And that was ''after'' they trick Humbaba to remove his seven "auras' which made him invincible.
19th Feb '17 8:41:38 AM WaterBlap
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* GodsOfAdulterersAndHarlots: Gilgamesh spurning the advances of the goddess Ishtar (since he knew how she treated her other lovers), causing her to send a giant bull to drink the river dry.
18th Feb '17 10:20:26 AM InformalFallacies
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* GodsOfAdulterersAndHarlots: Gilgamesh spurning the advances of the goddess Ishtar (since he knew how she treated her other lovers), causing her to send a giant bull to drink the river dry.
27th Jan '17 12:44:11 PM Thespian101
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Gilgamesh is the [[SuperStrength super strong]], [[{{Hunk}} ruggedly handsome]], [[SemiDivine two-thirds god and one-third mortal]] king of Uruk, and he is bored. He spends his free time [[DroitDuSeigneur sleeping with every new bride on their wedding night]], which their husbands are not too happy about. (In some versions he sleeps with the grooms too.) But he's the king, and he has no equal, so he can do what he wants. The people of Uruk beg the gods to provide Gilgamesh with something better to do. The gods decide that what the restless, powerful, [[JumpedAtTheCall adventure-hungry]] hero needs is a best friend and WorthyOpponent. So they have the goddess Aruru create a wild man named Enkidu, who lives among the animals, frightening local farmers and hunters. One of them convinces a temple harlot, Shamhat, to make a civilized man out of Enkidu by seducing him. After a week-long sex session, Shamhat convinces Enkidu to come back with her to Uruk and learn how to live like a proper human, promising she will find him a companion so that he'll never be lonely again. He accepts.

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Gilgamesh is the [[SuperStrength super strong]], [[{{Hunk}} ruggedly handsome]], [[SemiDivine two-thirds god and one-third mortal]] king of Uruk, and he is bored. He spends his free time [[DroitDuSeigneur sleeping with every new bride on their wedding night]], which their husbands are not too happy about. (In some versions [[BiTheWay he sleeps with the grooms too.too]].) But he's the king, and he has no equal, so he can do what he wants. The people of Uruk beg the gods to provide Gilgamesh with something better to do. The gods decide that what the restless, powerful, [[JumpedAtTheCall adventure-hungry]] hero needs is a best friend and WorthyOpponent. So they have the goddess Aruru create a wild man named Enkidu, who lives among the animals, frightening local farmers and hunters. One of them convinces a temple harlot, Shamhat, to make a civilized man out of Enkidu by seducing him. After a week-long sex session, Shamhat convinces Enkidu to come back with her to Uruk and learn how to live like a proper human, promising she will find him a companion so that he'll never be lonely again. He accepts.
31st Dec '16 6:47:09 AM PRH
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* RatedMForManly: '''Hell yes.'''

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21st Dec '16 2:29:11 PM Discar
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Gilgamesh is the [[SuperStrength super strong]], [[{{Hunk}} ruggedly handsome]], [[SemiDivine two-thirds god and one-third mortal]] king of Uruk, and he is bored. He spends his free time [[DroitDuSeigneur sleeping with every new bride on their wedding night]], which their husbands are not too happy about. (In some versions he sleeps with the grooms too.) But he's the king, and he has no equal, so he can do what he wants. The people of Uruk beg the gods to provide Gilgamesh with something better to do. The gods decide that what the restless, powerful, [[JumpedAtTheCall adventure-hungry]] hero needs is a best friend and WorthyOpponent. So they have the goddess Aruru create a wild man named Enkidu, who lives among the animals, frightening local farmers and hunters. One of them convinces a temple harlot, Shamhat, to [[AManIsNotAVirgin make a civilized man]] out of Enkidu by seducing him. After a week-long sex session, Shamhat convinces Enkidu to come back with her to Uruk and learn how to live like a proper human, promising she will find him a companion so that he'll never be lonely again. He accepts.

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Gilgamesh is the [[SuperStrength super strong]], [[{{Hunk}} ruggedly handsome]], [[SemiDivine two-thirds god and one-third mortal]] king of Uruk, and he is bored. He spends his free time [[DroitDuSeigneur sleeping with every new bride on their wedding night]], which their husbands are not too happy about. (In some versions he sleeps with the grooms too.) But he's the king, and he has no equal, so he can do what he wants. The people of Uruk beg the gods to provide Gilgamesh with something better to do. The gods decide that what the restless, powerful, [[JumpedAtTheCall adventure-hungry]] hero needs is a best friend and WorthyOpponent. So they have the goddess Aruru create a wild man named Enkidu, who lives among the animals, frightening local farmers and hunters. One of them convinces a temple harlot, Shamhat, to [[AManIsNotAVirgin make a civilized man]] man out of Enkidu by seducing him. After a week-long sex session, Shamhat convinces Enkidu to come back with her to Uruk and learn how to live like a proper human, promising she will find him a companion so that he'll never be lonely again. He accepts.



* AManIsNotAVirgin: Enkidu isn't really truly human until Shamhat has sex with him.
9th Dec '16 12:15:53 PM lalaTKG
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* GainaxEnding: The Epic is composed of twelve tablets. The first eleven tell the coherent story people are familiar with and the eleventh even BookEnds the beginning of the first tablet. the twelfth tablet then features a completely different story where Enkidu is alive, works as Gilgamesh's servant and then gets literally trapped in the Netherworld instead of dying of disease like in the main story. The tablet even ends by saying that it's the twelfth tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, as if it's trying to ensure the reader that it really is part of the same epic. The tablet is actually an adaptation of a much earlier story, similar to the stories that were used as inspiration for the first eleven tablets. It is believed that it was included with the other tablets due to it's long descriptions of the nature of the Netherworld and the afterlife, thus showcasing the wisdom that Gilgamesh gained in the eleven main tablets.

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* GainaxEnding: The Epic is composed of twelve tablets. The first eleven tell the coherent story people are familiar with and the eleventh even BookEnds the beginning of the first tablet. the twelfth tablet then features a completely different story where Enkidu is alive, works as Gilgamesh's servant and then gets literally trapped in the Netherworld instead of dying of disease like in the main story. The tablet even ends by saying that it's the twelfth tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, as if it's trying to ensure the reader that it really is part of the same epic. The tablet is actually an adaptation of a much earlier story, similar to the stories that were used as inspiration for the first eleven tablets. It is believed that it was included with the other tablets due to it's its long descriptions of the nature of the Netherworld and the afterlife, thus showcasing the wisdom that Gilgamesh gained in the eleven main tablets.



* MoodSwinger: Ishtar. At least Gilgamesh was smart enough to know not to sleep with someone who is goddess of love by night, but goddess of war by day.

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* MoodSwinger: Ishtar. At least Gilgamesh was smart enough to know not to sleep with someone who is a goddess of love by night, but goddess of war by day.
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