This is no different in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey.

5. , the air-god, now unites with his mother , the earth-goddess. It is from this union but with considerable help from , the water-god, that the vegetable and animal life is produced on earth. Man, on the other hand, seems to be the product of the combined efforts of the goddess , the primeval sea; of the goddess , who may perhaps be identified with , the mother earth; and finally of the water-god . Just what is involved in this particular combination-and there is every reason to believe that in view of the more or less superficial data of the times there was good logic behind it and not mere playful fantasy--it is difficult to gather from our present material and limited understanding.

The floods in The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis 6-9 are very similar.

This adjustment in Gilgamesh's behavior shows his modesty and the morality throughout the story.

Working together again, Gilgamesh and Enkidu slay the mighty bull.

Both for intricacy of story and for simplicity of style, this myth is one of the most remarkable compositions in our entire group. The hero is Enki, the great water-god of the Sumerians, one of the four creating deities of Sumer; his closest Greek counterpart is Poseidon. The place of our story is Dilmun, a district which is perhaps to be identified with eastern shores of the Persian Gulf and which in historical times, therefore, actually lay outside of Sumer proper. Our poem begins with a description of Dilmun as a land of innocence and bliss:

Of these, The Epic of Gilgamesh is by far the oldest.

The author is quoted as describing the book/site as "a 10 chapter, 12-unit curriculum which uses the pattern of the heroic journey as a foundation for studying and understanding literature, film, and experience." The website has links to different articles and essays as well as ways to purchase the book.


Both Gilgamesh and Enkidu benefit from their friendship....

If we paraphrase and analyze the contents of this passage, it may be worded as follows: Heaven and earth, originally united, were separated and moved away from each other, and thereupon the creation of man was ordained. An, the heaven-god, then carried off heaven, while Enlil, the air-god, carried off earth. All this seems to be according to plan. Then, however, occurred something disruptive. For the goddess Ereshkigal, the counterpart of the Greek Persephone, whom we know as queen of the nether world, but who originally was probably a sky-goddess, was carried off into the nether world, perhaps by Kur. No doubt to avenge this deed, the water-god Enki set sail to attack Kur. The latter, evidently to be conceived as a monster or dragon, did not stand idly by, but hurled stones, large and small, against the keel of Enki's boat, while the primeval waters attacked Enki's boat front and rear. Our poem does not give the result of this struggle between Enki and Kur, since the entire cosmogonic or creation introduction has nothing to do with the basic contents of our Gilgamesh composition; it was placed at the head of the poem only because the Sumerian scribes were accustomed to begin their stories with several introductory lines dealing with creation.

The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Norton Critical Edition.

Whether or not that person emerges with a child in their arms, empty handed, or not at all, does nothing to alter our society’s perception of their heroism.

There is a clear-cut network of social duties depicted in the poem.

Once done, students are to share with a partner. Using PowerPoint, present the characteristics of the epic poem, the epic cycle, and the epic hero (information found in section labeled .

Gilgamesh and Enkidu fight and defeat the Great Bull.

Today many people believe that a hero is a person who can accomplish what others can not or a person who puts themselves on the line for the other people.

The story depicts the short lived friendship of Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

Gilgamesh ignores this and travels twelve leagues into Night, eventually emerging into Day and into a brilliant garden of gems (Foster The Epic of Gilgamesh, p.