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The Epic Of Gilgamesh by Rob Simone

The Epic Of Gilgamesh (edition 2008)

by Rob Simone

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Title:The Epic Of Gilgamesh
Authors:Rob Simone
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2008), Paperback, 60 pages
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The Epic Of Gilgamesh by Rob Simone

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Characters: Gilgamesh, King Uruk, Enkidu, Marduk, Uta-napishti
Setting: kingdom
Theme: appreciation
Genre: Hero
Summary: Gilgamesh, half god half human, could not be defended and was bored. He prayed for fun and the gods answered. They sent a Wildman named Enkidu who was faster and stronger than Gilgamesh. Against Enkidu’s advice, Gilgamesh an Enkidu head into the Cedar Forest in search of adventure. Enkidu envisions the netherworld and his own death. He then becomes sick and dies. Gilgamesh asks Uta-napishti how he came to be immortal, and Uta-napishti recounts the story of how he and his wife were the sole human survivors of the Deluge and Flood. Uta-napishti now challenges Gilgamesh to stay awake for 7 nights but the exhausted Gilgamesh quickly falls asleep. Uta-napishti has his wife bake a loaf of bread and place it by Gilgamesh each day he sleeps. Thus, by means of the varying states of decay of the loaves, he proves to Gilgamesh when he awakens how long he has slept. Uta-napishti has him dressed in royal robes, and returned to his kingdom. They prepare to return by boat. Uta-napishti offers Gilgamesh a parting gift in the form of instructions for finding a prickly plant, the "Plant of Heartbeat" that will restore youth. Gilgamesh burrows down to the Ocean Below and retrieves the plant . Gilgamesh plans to test it's effectiveness on an old man first. But on their way back, they stop by a pool and bathe, and a snake sneaks up and steals the plant, youthfully shedding its skin in the process. Gilgamesh weeps at losing the only treasure he brings from the trip and he lacks the tools to reopen the channel to the Ocean Below, even if he did turn back. Back at last in Uruk, he tells Ur-shanabi to climb the walls and admire the foundations laid by the Seven Sages
Audience: YA
Curriculum ties: Sumerian history
Personal Response: Gilgamesh is a must read for every one of all ages. He is the original super hero! The epic is very detailed and may need explanation for some youth. ( )
  MarieCasillas | Feb 27, 2013 |
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