Epic of Gilgamesh
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Jack Shields

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Tablet 1

A prelude gives a brief introduction to the hero. Gilgamesh was born to Lady Wildcow Ninsun, a minor goddess noted for her wisdom, and his father's...

Tablet 2

The temple prostitute shares her garments with Enkidu. These are the first clothes he has ever worn. She holds his hand and takes him toward the ci...

Tablet 3-4

Before the gates of Uruk, Gilgamesh announces to its people that he will invade Humbaba’s forbidden forest to cut down the cedar trees. He seeks ...

Tablet 5

The two warriors stand in front of the forest’s gates and marvel at the height of cedar trees, breathing in their incense. Humbaba’s huge foots...

Tablet 6

Gilgamesh returns to Uruk and washes his hair and body. He wipes Humbaba’s blood off his weapons and polishes them. He puts on a clean robe and c...

Tablet 7

Enkidu has a chilling nightmare in which the gods were angry with him and Gilgamesh and meet to decide their fate. Ishtar’s father Anu, the god o...

Tablet 8-9

Enkidu’s death shatters Gilgamesh; he rips his clothes and tears his hair. Encircling Enkidu’s body like an eagle, he paces restlessly like a l...

Tablet 10

Siduri, the veiled barmaid, is a tavern-keeper by the edge of the sea who sees a man coming toward her. He is wearing animal skin, his face is wind...

Tablet 11-12

Gilgamesh soon realises that the old man is none other than Utnapishtim, the very person he has been seeking. So, without wasting any time, he asks...

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