Epic of Gilgamesh was first written during the time of King Gilgamesh of Uruk 2700 B.C.. “story was crafted and reworked by various Mesopotamian cultures including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians; original story likely dates back to around the time of King Gilgamesh of Uruk (c. 2,700 BC); 1,600 BC recension by Babylonian priest-exorcist, Sîn-leqi-unninni” Therefore the author was unknown.
The source was original wrote in the Sumerian language in the form of Epic poem, I believe this writing is Mythic; the story is filled with mythological flavor. It recorded the story about a human king Gilgamesh quest for immortality after his mirror image, Enduki died. Alone his way to quest the immortality, he met the wise and good-natured goddess of wine Siduri and Utnaphishtim who have entered the assembly of the gods and received the permanence life from the God. The goddess Siduri told Gilgamesh to live happy and enjoy doing the things that are allotted by the god to human beings. However, he ignored the goddess and continues his journey. Later, he found Utnaphishtim and asked him how to live forever. Utnaphishtim explained to Gilgamesh that nothing can live forever, and they are decreed by the God, which means the human will die eventually, but the day they die is still unknown. After the journey, Gilgamesh returned back to his kingdom and told someone to record this story.
The 3300-3000 B.C. was the time when Gilgamesh was exploring how to retain the permanence; his story was recorded and passed down because of their literature is well-developed, for example: “There is no permanence. Do we build a house to stand forever; do we seal a contract to hold for all time? Do brothers divide an inheritance to keep forever; does the flood-time of rivers endure?” I can see this quote uses comparison to explain nothing stands forever; it is simple, meaningful and easy to understand. The story contains lots of these... [continues]
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