Gilgamesh - Gilgamesh(The Original Hero-King 2700 B.C...

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Gilgamesh (The Original) Hero-King 2700 B.C. Historical Gilgamesh [Sumer] Uruk city in Ancient Mesopotamia 2000 B.C. written version of the story “History Begins at Sumer” (S. N. Kramer) Some of the earliest written documents (ca. 3000 BCE) were discovered at Sumer (the modern Iraq/ Iran territory). The Enuma Elish (1500 BCE from an oral tradition) provides an example of Sumero-Akkadian synthesis (cultural assimilation) that created what we refer to as the ancient Babylonian Culture People of Sumer – lower Mesopotamia (Iraq/ Iran) (Tiamat country) People of Akkadia – from Syria (Marduk country)
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Pantheon collection of gods Ninsum (Gilgamesh’s Mother) Samash (God of Heroes) Lugulbanda (Gilgamesh’s Father) Ishtar (Goddess of Love and War) Enlil (God of Underworld) Now, let’s look at that wall . . . and find the sacred tablet
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I. The Beginning of the Story: Who is Gilgamesh ? The poet-singer announces the theme: the story of the king Opening (lines 1-46): the praise-song of Gilgamesh, reflecting his power and accomplishments The wall around Uruk is a symbol of the king’s power and his legacy Tradition of Kingship
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