The most famous Mesopotamian literary text, the Epic of Gilgameš, is also the most extensive reflection on human nature and mankind’s position in the cosmos, where it appears to occupy an intermediate stage between the divine and the natural, or ferine, worlds. Gilgameš, as the son of a goddess and king of Uruk, clearly represents a link between mankind and the divine world; Enkidu combines human and ‘wild’ characteristics. In the narrative both Gilgameš and Enkidu are related to gods and animals, albeit differently. The paper considers these relations in the various versions of Gilgameš’ adventures.

Gilgameš and Enkidu. The Two-thirds-god and the Two-thirds-animal?

S. Ponchia
2019-01-01

Abstract

The most famous Mesopotamian literary text, the Epic of Gilgameš, is also the most extensive reflection on human nature and mankind’s position in the cosmos, where it appears to occupy an intermediate stage between the divine and the natural, or ferine, worlds. Gilgameš, as the son of a goddess and king of Uruk, clearly represents a link between mankind and the divine world; Enkidu combines human and ‘wild’ characteristics. In the narrative both Gilgameš and Enkidu are related to gods and animals, albeit differently. The paper considers these relations in the various versions of Gilgameš’ adventures.
978-3-658-24387-6
Akkadian literature, Epic of Gilgamesh, animals in literature
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