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Years Written

c. 2100–1200 BCE


Epic Poem



Perspective and Narrator

Generally, Gilgamesh is written from the third-person omniscient point of view. However, there are scenes where the perspective becomes limited, focusing on the point of view of Enkidu, for example. At other times, characters speak in the first person without disruption from the narrator.


Gilgamesh is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

The title Gilgamesh refers to the hero of the epic, the legendary King Gilgamesh. As the oldest known literary work, this title and its alternative title, The Epic of Gilgamesh, were likely bestowed by later scholars of the work as descriptors.


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