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GILGAMESH 3

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Department
English
Course
ENG150Y1
Professor
William Robins
Semester
Fall

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24/09/12 CLASS 5 Gilgamesh – Lecture 3 • Hierarchal society --> Mesopatamia/Babylon • Hierarchal divinities  subject to change after battle/war • Hierarchy of divinities situated above societal hierarchy o Part of cultural understanding – how society is structured in Gilgamesh  Though not theme-related • Person of king is point of contact between hierarchy of society and hierarchy of divinities o Anu + Enlil  top of divine hierarchy • Finding of Gilgamesh drew much attention  because parallels to the story of the Flood were found (Genesis) • 20 century  saw Epic of Gilgamesh  epic about fear of death • *Flood story not originate from Epic of Gilgamesh BCE 2300 Gilgamesh Tales Other Tales ‘ 1800 1700 “Old Babylonian epic 1500 Circulating, translated • “Old Babylonian version suggests a carpe diem policy, expressed in speech by barmaid – shamat. She tells him to eat well, make every day into a feast day, have good clothing, enjoy his wife and children” • “The late version of the epic redirects this theme altogether. A series of striking additions expand the scope of the work. Three of these are particularly noteworthy: an extended description of the creation and early life of Enkidu; a marriage proposal from Ishtar to Gilgamesh; and a long
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