Epic of Gilgamesh
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Gilgamesh persists and he finally finds out about a secret plant, at the bottom of the ocean. If he can get the plant then he will become immortal. The story says he ties rocks to his feet and sink down to receive the plant. After obtaining he passes out on shore with the plant in hand, but a snake slithers up and steals the plant while Gilgamesh is unconscious. When Gilgamesh wakes up he is just absolutely... defeated. He begins is journey back home completely empty handed.
Gilgamesh arrives and Utnapishtim asks him " Why have you Exerted yourself? What have you achieved? You have only made yourself weary for lack of sleep, you only fill your flesh with grief, you only bring the distant days of reckoning closer. Mankind's fame is cut down like reeds in a reed-bed nobody sees the face of death nobody hears the voice of death. Savage death just cuts mankind down."
Wandering, Gilgamesh comes across another goddess this one named Siduri. The goddess of wisdom and wine. Siduri informs him that if you are looking for the one with knowledge of immortality search for Utnapishtim cross the lethal waters with the boatman Ur-Shanabi. He has been granted immortality since surviving the great floods, and with this new found knowledge he sets off once again.
Enkidu was created by the gods to answer the cries of the people of Uruk. Gilgamesh was a sexual fiend and took anyone he wanted against their will. Enkidu was created to rival Gilgamesh, and was a wild beast man. They challenged each other to a fight and Gilgamesh won, but he befriended Enkidu. The two of them decide that together they can travel to the forest and face off against a horrifying monster Humbaba.
After arriving home Gilgamesh meets with the goddess Ishtar. Ishtar wants Gilgamesh as a husband, however Gilgamesh refuses, and this send Ishtar into a rage and sends "the Bull of Heaven to kill Gilgamesh" The bull was defeated but just as they were about to win Ishtar drains the life from Enkidu, who then gets so sick he dies. This death forces Gilgamesh to wonder "Shall I die too? I am Afraid of death and so I roam open country."
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh Is one of the oldest stories in recorded history, dating back over 4,000 years it was written in 2,100 B.C.E. Written in ancient Mesopotamia this is a story about Gilgamesh the king of Uruk. He a demi-god who battles Gods and monsters but eventually has to deal with the inevitability of this death. The story has been translated several different times with different interpretation but I will be focusing on the "Stephen Mitchell" translation.