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The Epic of Gilgamesh 2500 – 1500 b.c.e
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Mesopotamia One of the earliest settled cultures, based on agriculture, domestication of animals, then trade and commerce, urban life Political/social organization in city-states Gilgamesh possibly an early king of Uruk, around 2,700 b.c.e. First developed writing system out of practical necessity
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A stele (standing, commemorative tablet, with a cuneiform text describing some sort of sale or exchange of land.
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Cuneiform Writing Made by a stylus on wet clay tablets Early “pictographs” Later more abstract simplifications of the pictures Still later, consonant- vowel groups representing sounds Scribes were highly- skilled
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One of the tablets containing the text of Gilgamesh
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The Ruins of Uruk in Recent Times
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Oral vs. Written Literature Gilgamesh has characteristics of both The “Standard Version” of the epic, composed (possibly by priest/exorcist Sin-leqi-unninni) before 1600 b.c.e. An organized narrative, pulling together older stories
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2010 for the course CPLT CPLT017A taught by Professor Shapiro during the Spring '10 term at UC Riverside.

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