The Epic of Gilgamesh, Paper #1

The Epic of Gilgamesh, Paper #1 - Mosaic 851 Section 77 Dr...

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Mosaic 851, Section 77 Dr. David Racker James Soyemi The Epic of Gilgamesh: Paper #1 Question 1 : Discuss Gilgamesh’s relationship to the city and how the coming of Enkidu changes it. What is the definition of a Ruler? Is a Ruler someone who uses their power to benefit the people or someone who is a tyrant and abuse their powers by exploiting the people? The story of the ancient Mesopotamian King Gilgamesh is quite unique. Many people believe it is a myth or legend, but regardless the affect Gilgamesh had on the people of ancient Mesopotamian made his reign one of the most powerful in history. We learn that Gilgamesh is two-thirds God and one- third human, which made him superior than a normal human. Before the creation of Enkidu, the people of Uruk were tortured by Gilgamesh in many ways. The relationship between Gilgamesh and the people of the city was a dictator and citizen. They were subjected to do anything Gilgamesh required from, because he had ordained power from the Gods and Goddesses. An example of the kind of power Gilgamesh possess is, “‘He will couple with the wife-to-be, he first of all, the bridegroom after. By divine consent it is so ordained: when his navel-cord was cut, for him she was destined.’” (II: 159-163). This shows that none of the women of Uruk was safe under Gilgamesh’s Reign. Even though Gilgamesh was
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