Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy)

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Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy)
Author: Zeman, Ludmila
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Time Period: Early Civilization
Time Frame: 2500 BCE
Geographic Area: Western Asia
Country: Middle East
Topics: Mesopotamia, Gilgamesh
Genre: Fiction, Mythology
Reading Age: Lower Elementary
Format: Picture Book
Published: 1998

The Gilgamesh Trilogy
Gilgamesh the King
The Revenge of Ishtar
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

World History > Early Civilization > Mesopotamia

Gilgamesh, half-god and half-man, in his loneliness and isolation becomes a cruel tyrant over the citizens of Uruk. To impress them forever he orders a great wall to be built, driving his people to exhaustion and despair so that they cry to the Sun God for help. In answer, another kind of man, Enkidu, is sent to earth to live among the animals and learn kindness from them. He falls in love with Shamhat, a singer from the temple, and he follows her back to Uruk. There, Enkidu, the “uncivilized” beast from the forest, shows the evil Gilgamesh through friendship what it means to be human.

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