Topics: Ishtar, Epic of Gilgamesh, Uruk Pages: 2 (458 words) Published: February 6, 2013
In the Epic of Gilgamesh there seems to be many connections to the Enuma Elish. One of these connections is probably the most obvious one which is that in the story they have the same gods and goddesses, Some of these gods that were named in this story was Shamash, Anu and Ishtar. Anu and Ishtar were shown in the Epic of Gilgamesh from where the priestess, who was to teach Enkidu how to be human, was from which is the temple of Anu and Ishtar. In the Enuma Elish, Anu is the god of the sky and Ishtar is the mother goddess. Shamesh is the god of the sun who is the same god Gilgamesh prayed to so that he could go into the land of the living.

The second connection I was able to make was that just like Marduk, Enkidu was born a fully grown man. Marduk was born a fully grown man because he was made to destroy the younger gods because the other gods were unhappy with them for disturbing their sleep. And Enkidu was born a fully grown man to show Gilgamesh that he is still a mortal and should respect other people like that because Gilgamesh was misusing his powers that were given to him by the gods. In this way that is why I think they relate in a way.

The last connection I have made was that like Marduk again Gilgamesh is described as to being bull-like. In the Enuma Elish when Marduk was created they said that re had resembled a bull and now in the Epic of Gilgamesh they are sayin g the same thing about Gilgamesh but probably not for the same reasons because Gilgamesh's reasons seems to be because of is wise choices he had made for the better of his people and Marduk seems to be because of his actual appearence not so much and his doings as well but more for the appearance.

Now, in the Epic of Gilgamesh some ways that this story extols the virtues of being the first civilization is they are a very proud people. Everyone within the strong-walled city of Uruk seem to be a happy people because they are protected by this half god half man. They kind of do brag...
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