“Desert Rose” by Sting. His song brought Arabic history to present music. The native
language is Iraqi Arabic, the language Gilgamesh was written in.
“I will proclaim to the world the deeds of Gilgamesh. This was the man to whom all things were
known; this was the king who knew the countries of the world. He was wise, he saw mysteries and
knew secret things, he brought us a tale of the days before the flood. He went on a long journey,
was weary, worn-out with labor, returning he rested; he engraved on a stone the whole story.
Two thirds they made him god and one third man.” Pg. 13
Explanation: pretty much he is saying he founded the city of Iraq and is amazing.
“Gilgamesh went abroad in the world, but he met with none who could withstand his arms till he
came to Uruk. But the men of Uruk muttered in their houses, “Gilgamesh sounds the tocsin 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.” Pg. 13
Explanation: The author is saying how Gilgamesh likes to have fun, but mind you he drafts
young me to service and dies and that all young women are raped by Gilgamesh. He says this
to show his good things and bad things. He says he lacks wisdom, mercy, respect. Gilgamesh
violates human rights. The poet is being honest with how Gilgamesh was. He wasn’t a good
hero. He has faults, limitations. This makes him a more powerful hero b/c he isn’t perfect.
He makes human errors. Nobody ever said no to Gilgamesh. He uses people as merely
objects. The gods know that he has faults and fix it.
“Enkidu ate grass in the hills with the gazelle and lurked with wild beasts at the water-holes.”
“She was not ashamed to take him, she made herself naked and welcomed his eagerness; as he
lay on her murmuring love she taught him the woman’s art. For six days and seven nights they
lay together, for Enkidu had forgotten his home in the hills; but when he was satisfied he went
back to the wild beasts. Then, when the gazelle saw him, they bolted away. Pg. 15
Explanation: the Gods created an equal to Gilgamesh, but they are different. Gilgamesh
sends out a prostitute to convince Enkidu to come to the city life. Enkidu was a loner who
lived with the animals.
“When she had spoken Enkidu was pleased; he longed for a comrade, for one who would
understand his heart.” Pg. 15
Explanation: Enkidu wants to have a comrade; he wanted someone to be his friend and to
share his heart with. The strongest most passionate love is between a man and women. He
has a physical longing for it.
“The father of the Gods has given you kingship, such is your destiny, everlasting life is not your