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Unformatted text preview: Tablets VIII-XI describe quest for immortality. Nature of human condition to suffer loss and die. Ends with image of civilization; celebrates culture and civilization. (ME: That endure despite the loss of any one person.) Gilgamesh as cultural history Text describes aspects of Mesopotamian society. Mesopotamian king has three major jobs: ■ Just ruler, a protector of the people. ■ Builder, maintainer of walls, temple, and irrigation systems. ■ Protector of shrines, shepherding the people for the gods. Possible that Gilgamesh existed around 2600 B.C....
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2008 for the course R 44 taught by Professor Oliensis during the Fall '07 term at Berkeley.
- Fall '07