Gilgamesh: The Sumerian King
Gilgamesh is the story of the Demigod King of Sumeria who rules with an iron fist and a brash arrogance that is only surpassed by his vanity and pride. The Sumerian people call out to the Gods for relief from his tyranny.A wild man of the forest named Enkidu who possesses the power and abilities of the animals is created, and the two clash for control over Sumeria and it's people. More
Before there was Hercules, Perseus, Beowulf, or even the tales of King Arthur....there was Gilgamesh! Born of the Goddess Nininsina, the Demigod King is the first mythical hero to arise in the ancient world, and is the forefather to all other western tales of Gods and heroes.
Taken from the Babylonian texts, Gilgamesh tells the story of an arrogant and selfish King who rules over his people with an iron first and little compassion. In desperation, the people call out to the Father of the Gods, Anu, to send relief from his tyranny. Anu responds by creating Enkidu, a wild man of the forest who possesses the strength and abilities of the animals. From this moment on, the two are destined to clash in a fierce battle over the land and people.
The original texts were poems describing the adventures of Gilgamesh in a rather informal way, but this book explores who and what Gilgamesh the man would have been like in real terms. The inner struggles of ruling a Kingdom, the constant threats from other nations, his relationships with other people, and how he changes and grows after his encounter with the wild man of the forest.
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