The Epic of Gilgamesh Retold

The Epic of Gilgamesh Retold

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Learn about the Epic of Gilgamesh retold into a new story, with the same plot but new elements.

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  • Back in a land named Mesopotamia, there lived an ancient kingdom named Sumer. A king that had once ruled the land was named Gilgamesh; he was, at first, cruel to his people. Afraid of this, his people prayed to the sky god Anu, who asked Aruru to make a man equal to Gilgamesh's power, and placed him in the forest where he would roam with the animals.
  • After a hunter had spotted the man, now named Enkidu, he went over to Gilgamesh to  ask for help. Gilgamesh responded by sending out a woman, named Shamhat, as bait. When Enkidu laid his eyes on her, he instantly fell in love and changed his heart to be a kind man, instead of a beast. Shamhat then taught Enkidu how to be a civilized person, and Enkidu did.
  • When Enkidu and Gilgamesh first met, the two did not like each other at all. Gilgamesh still believed that Enkidu was a beast, and challenged him to a fight. The two fought for a long time, until Gilgamesh finally won and Enkidu declared him the stronger one.
  • The pair loved adventure. One day, they even went over to the Cedar forest to slay a demon named Humbaba. Gilgamesh challenged Humbaba to a fight, and Humbaba almost won, but with the help of the sun god, Humbaba was slain by Gilgamesh and Enkidu. The two then chopped down the Cedar wood to make a raft, and went over to the river to float back to Sumer.
  • When Gilgamesh and Enkidu got home, they were celebrated by the people of their kingdom. Ishtar, the goddess of love, saw Gilgamesh's achievements and wanted to marry him. But Gilgamesh refused, and this angered Ishtar. Also being the goddess of war, Ishtar sent down the Bull of Heaven to destroy Gilgamesh and his people, but Gilgamesh and Enkidu teamed up once more to slay the bull.
  • After insulting the gods, Enkidu soon became sick and died. After hearing about Enkidu's passing, Gilgamesh could do nothing but grieve for a while. But soon he realized that he would also die one day, and set out to find eternal life. When he found an immortal couple's location, the couple told Gilgamesh of a plant at the bottom of the ocean that would grant him eternal life. Gilgamesh was almost able to get it home until a snake stole it. Gilgamesh then realized that if he truly wanted to become immortal, he would have to leave behind a great civilization, which he did.
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