There was a real gilgamesh in uruk - worshipped as god and hero for. 2,000 years - think in comparison to other narratives. Tablets that have been translated have gaps - david ferry used these gaps as an opportunity to fill in info, other translations left the gap. Educated guess can get us pretty close to what is supposed to be there. In intro - this is david ferry"s poem, not a translation, but a transformation - goal is not to compete with other"s translation. A translation that is alive like the original, a work of art. Origin story - roman numeral 1 - who he is, where he comes from, the great info dump. >lapis is a blue stone; lapis lazuli has flecks of gold in it = fancy. >gil = (cid:1152) a god, (cid:1151) a man, time for him moves differently. If it is just one flood, would have to be a global event.