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Questions tagged [epic-of-gilgamesh]

For questions about the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia (c. 2100 BC) which is one of the oldest surviving works of literature in the world.

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What does it mean that Gilgamesh “took” the people of Uruk?

From The Epic of Gilgamesh, modernised Muss-Arnolt translation: None with weapon might challenge him as rival. His men stand at attention, longing for his orders; but the old men of Uruk grouse ...
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How can Gilgamesh be one-third man and two-thirds god?

In The Epic of Gilgamesh, it says that the gods made Gilgamesh to be two-thirds god and one-third man: Two thirds god they made him; one third man they made him. -- modernised Muss-Arnolt ...
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Why did the gods decide that Enkidu must die?

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, a major turning point is the death of Enkidu as a punishment from the gods after he and Gilgamesh slew both Humbaba and Gugalanna. From the modernised Muss-Arnolt translation,...
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Is there really a single “Old Babylonian version” of the Epic of Gilgamesh?

From the Wikipedia article about the Epic of Gilgamesh: From the diverse sources found, two main versions of the epic have been partially reconstructed: the standard Akkadian version, or He who saw ...
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What is the 'full' version of The Epic of Gilgamesh?

I looked at a PDF of the Epic of Gilgamesh, and it was very pretty. Then, I decided that I wanted to purchase the physical copy of the book. While the version that I read online, which I thought was ...
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Which flood story was first?

I have heard that the The Epic of Gilgamesh may predate the stories of Noah told in Abrahamic works. Is there any evidence to support which story came first?