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Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the first pieces of recorded literature in the history of the world. It was written on stone tablets between 2700 and 600 BC . However, by the time that archaeologists could decrypt these tablets, a hanfdul of them were broken and parts of this Epic vanished . The Epic of Gilgamesh is about the king of the city of Uruk, Gilgamesh. and his quest, and failure, to achieve immortality. While telling the story of Gilgamesh, the unknown author also incorporates several aspects of Sumerian society into the epic such as the government structure of Uruk, floods that would constantly interfere with the lives of the people of the Sumerian society, and showing how vital clay was in the Sumerian society. The Epic of Gilgamesh…show more content…
The Sumerians are known to be one of the first advanced civilizations, they created a government that would provide several public projects and security for their people. The Sumerians were the first to set some sort of tax system, with this they could pay for these public projects. The government structure of Uruk is shown in the first tablet of the Epic as the author says that Gilgamesh would develop large public projects such as temples, digging wells, and passes through mountains . A problem with this, however, was that these projects would not be maintained, so they would spend money to have them built, but they would not be developed. We also see the issue of absolute rule arise as the real Gilgamesh was obviously not given his power from god, but in the Epic his mother is a god, which would make the people think that his power does come from god, allowing him to be as ruthless as he would…show more content…
The Mesopotamians found out that clay is an extremely versatile natural resource, one way that is was used was a mud brick. A mud brick was a lump of clay shaped usually into a rectangular and dried under the sun to create a tough brick. These mudbricks were revolutionary as taller structures were built. Although these bricks could not fight water, they led to the invention of the actual brick. The author of the Epic uses clay differently, Endiku is made of clay, and when he dies, Gilgamesh says that his friend has turned into clay. This was a brilliant way of incorporating clay into the story as there was nowhere in the story where clay could pop up, so the author has one of the main characters made from clay to subtly show how important clay was to
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