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ENG150 - GILGAMESH 1

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Department
English
Course
ENG150Y1
Professor
William Robins
Semester
Fall

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17/09/12 LECTURE NOTES CLASS 3 Gilgamesh – first lecture Babylonian time: Base 60  12 hours, 60 minutes/hour, 60 seconds/minute - Phases of the moon (seven day weeks) Stonehenge Time: 1 year = 40 weeks of 9 days Babylonian space: Sexagesimal number system  360 degrees o Point: Babylonian civilization not destroyed, even after its time of existence o Remnants of Babylon contemporarily incorporated in modern society o A. Asgaboe quotation on Babylonian significance in history, culture, etc. o “The First Epic Revolution” “The hero generally participates in a cyclical journey or quest, faces adversaries that try to defeat him in his journey, and returns home significantly transformed by his journey.” – “Epic Poetry,” on Wikipedia o Gilgamesh goes out on specific quests, returns transformed by his experience with various adversaries o *Individual quest – story of a ‘non-divided’ human being o *Repetition and parallelism Reading: (I, lines 7-12, 24-28) Responses to questions from last class: - breaks in text fragmented understanding of text - appreciated breaks  forced one to slow down reading - Cliff-hanger effect  one approaches before an exciting or tense scene and break occurs - Missing fragments irrelevant during era of Gilgamesh  story recorded for those who were familiar with plot  most people already heard the story before - Emphasizes mystery of our own historical construction Themes: - Kingship o Divinely appointed by gods, accordi
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