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Bobby Krivitsky History 210 Dan Golden September 6, 2011 Gilgamesh as a Historical Source We can use the Epic of Gilgamesh as a historical source due to the fact that this body of work is one of the earliest known pieces of literature. We can then use the Epic of Gilgamesh in order to further gain an understanding of countless aspects of Mesopotamian life. The epic of Gilgamesh gives us insight into the culture of Mesopotamia and depicts what everyday life was like. The Epic of Gilgamesh helps us to understand what roles people had in this society, how their government functioned and the fact that they had a king. The story of Gilgamesh also makes clear that the citizens of Uruk believed in the Gods and were polytheistic. We learn so much about the beliefs, ideals, hierarchy, and culture of Uruk that while the story may be fictional; one can still use the story to understand and to teach about ancient Mesopotamia and what it was like.
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Unformatted text preview: In addition to learning about the culture of Uruk, we also get a geographical perspective on how Mesopotamia may have looked. For example, we learn about the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. As Gilgamesh’s journey goes on we gain a slight insight into how ancient Mesopotamia may have looked, hearing about mountains, forests, and rivers. The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of literature known to man and based on that alone we can use this text as a historical source. We can use the Epic of Gilgamesh to learn about ancient writing styles and study the literary techniques that were used at the time that this story was written. The Epic of Gilgamesh may be a fictional story but its ability to be used as a historical source and understand the past is incredibly real....
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