The Epic of Gilgamesh

Influence in History

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4,000 years ago, during the Cradle of Civilization, lived the strongest superhuman named Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was ⅓ human and ⅔ god. One day Gilgamesh and Enkidu went on an adventure to slay a demon. They succeeded but when they came back Enkidu became ill and died after 12 days. Gilgamesh decides to go on another adventure for immortality. He encounters scorpions, stone creatures and an old man named Urshanabi, the boat man. Gilgamesh reached his destination and see’s the Ancient One. The Ancient One tells him to stay awake for 6 days and 7 nights, but Gilgamesh fails to do so. Gilgamesh begs for another chance, thus the Ancient One tells him about the plant at the bottom of the ocean that restores youth. Gilgamesh then sets on his third adventure and comes back with the plant. Once he reaches the shore he falls asleep, and a snake comes and eats the plant. Gilgamesh noticed that after and realizes that he lost.


“ Who is the mortal who can live forever? The life of man is short. Only the gods can live forever. Therefore put on new clothes, a clean robe and a cloak tied with a sash, and wash the filth of the journey from your body. Eat and drink your fill of food and drink mean eat and drink. Let there be pleasure and dancing.” - Ferry, p. 57

The story was made 4,000 years ago

Influential in History

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest existing stories. It is said to influence other stories like The Iliad, The Odyssey and The Bible. If it wasn't for The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Bible would have never been created, thus Christianity would have not existed.