The Epic of Gilgamesh relates to the futile search for immortality of a Sumerian king based on the king who ruled the city of Uruk (Erech) in 2200 BCE. The complete version is on twelve fragmentary Akkadian-language tablets discovered by British archaeologist Austen Henry Layard in 1845-51 while excavating a 2,600 year-old library of Assyrian King Ashurbanipal at Nineveh or Iraq. Gilgamesh is also the first important literary hero.
- Epic of Gilgamesh – Wikipedia
The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature. The literary history of …
- Epic of Gilgamesh – Other Ancient Civilizations – Classical Literature
“The Epic of Gilgamesh” is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia and among the earliest known literary writings in the world. … The goddess of creation, Aruru, creates a mighty wild-man named Enkidu, a rival in strength to Gilgamesh. … Gilgamesh’s mother also complains about the …
- Epic of Gilgamesh – Academy for Ancient Texts
The Epic of Gilgamesh is, perhaps, the oldest written story on Earth. … story about Enkidu volunteering to retrieve some objects that Gilgamesh dropped into the …
- Epic of Gilgamesh | Mesopotamian literature | Britannica.com
The fullest extant text of the Gilgamesh epic is on 12 incomplete Akkadian-language tablets found in the mid-19th century by the Turkish Assyriologist Hormuzd …
- The Epic of Gilgamesh – History
The oldest epic tale in the world was written 1500 years before Homer wrote the Illiad. “The Epic of Gilgamesh” tells of the Sumerian Gilgamesh, the hero k.