Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk, was the most capable and powerful man; he is half god, half human. Gilgamesh was a terrible king who worked his people to death and robbed them of everything they had.
When the gods heard his people's cries for help, they decided he needed a challenge and told Anu, the goddess of creation, to create someone as great as Gilgamesh. Enkidu, a man who lives in the forest with the animals, was the man Anu created.
Enkidu was found in the forest by a hunter who was terrified of him. He then sent a woman from the temple to tame him. Soon after, the animals began to reject him since he was no longer one of them and had instead become a member of the human world.
Enkidu and Gilgamesh fight, with Gilgamesh achieving victory at the end. They eventually became the best of friends. Gilgamesh and Enkidu decide to go out on an adventure together.They first went to the Cedar Forest with the intention of stealing trees from within. The men are then faced by Humbaba, a terrifying monster who protects it. With the help of the sun god, both heroes were able to defeat the monster. They then chopped a large number of cedar trees and returned to Uruk with the precious wood.
They chose Enkidu, and Enkidu soon died as a result of illness. Gilgamesh was heartbroken at Enkidu's death.
Later in the story, the two heroes fight another monster sent by Ishtar's father, the Bull of Heaven. The gods became outraged and decided that one of the two men would have to die.
If you want immortality, you must avoid sleep for 6 days and 7 nights.
Gilgamesh was also worried about dying someday himself and decided to search for the secret to eternal life. He went on a number of adventures through mountains, across the sea and beyond. He then meet with Utnapishtim who had earlier saved the world from a great flood; who tested him to see if he was capable enough to become immortal. After failing, Gilgamesh was sent back to Uruk, and eventually learned that no human can escape death