2011 Gilgamesh group discussion

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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY SPRING 2011 Group Discussion -- The Epic of Gilgamesh What is the Epic of Gilgamesh about? When was this Epic composed? Who is the author? What was its historical/cultural background? Who is Gilgamesh ? Why does Gilgamesh have the right to deflower the virgins even when they are married? Is he a good ruler? Summarizing the key points of his family background, upbringing, personality and kingship. Why was Enkidu created? What was Enkidu ’s relationship to the animals and nature? Who was Shamhat ? What were her contributions to the life of Enkidu? What is your take-on for the notion that "Enkidu had defiled his body so pure…and was weakened, could not run as before. But now he had reason and wide understanding” (line 199-202). Why do the animals leave him after his encounter with the woman? What is the nature of relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu , i.e. twin brother, gay lover, comrade? Do both of them have big appetites on sex? How does their
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course IH 0851 taught by Professor Dawson during the Spring '08 term at Temple.

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