LS R44 Lectue 9-4-08 - L&S R44 Lecture September 4, 2008...

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September 4, 2008 The author question Difficult to read texts like Gilgamesh, Bible, Iliad. Gilgamesh pieced together from different tablets; no one author. Lots of repetition in Gilgamesh. Generic reasons for this: Sign of an oral tradition. Gives a sense of grandeur. Theme of nature and civilization Enkidu advises Gilgamesh against Humbaba, rebuffed. p. 19-20. Gilgamesh talks about Enkidu's natural strength, then they go off to forge. Juxtaposition. Gilgamesh says he'll cut down cedar to establish a name eternal. Gilgamesh must wrest immortality from nature. Enkidu's funeral. p. 65. Gilgamesh casts off clothes => Eschews trappings of civilization => Becomes more animal-like. Embodies Enkidu somewhat. Hair is an important symbol. Observe grooming and personal hygeine. Gilgamesh destroys himself, then builds statue of friend. Enkidu and Gilgamesh's relationship
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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 University of California, Berkeley.

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LS R44 Lectue 9-4-08 - L&S R44 Lecture September 4, 2008...

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