Who Is Gilgamesh?
“The Epic of Gilgamesh” is one of the oldest fictional stories known. Archaeologists discovered it on twelve stone tablets which were written over 5,000 years ago! Only part of the tablets have been translated. The story takes place in the Sumerian city, Urek, when Gilgamesh was king. The book is filled to the brim with adventures, gods and mythical creatures. Some of the things said in the book are similar to what’s said in the Bible. Abrahm mentioned in the Bible lived in the City of Urek. The “Epic of Gilgamesh” speaks of a “great flood” sent from the gods that destroys all but one man is mentioned. It seems like facts of the actual events where repeated many times and spread across many cultures in the ancient world even before Christianity. Even though the story is make-believe, “The Epic of Gilgamsesh” is an interesting, fun-to-read reflection of the Sumerian’s and their culture.
One of the stories told in the “Epic of Gilgamesh” is the story about King Gilgamesh of Urek, desired to live forever. The king traveled through mountains and deserts and finally found out that the plant he was looking for was in the ocean. The Euphrates River would take him to the ocean, so he dived in with no questions asked. Eventually; as the rough river carried him swiftly, he spotted the glowing plant from afar. As Gilgamesh drifted by, he grabbed the glowing plant. Even though it was covered in thorns, he held on for dear life. If Gilgamesh let go, he’d be sucked into the depths of the “Sea of Death” and If he survived, he’d get to live forever. After a while of hanging on and just when he thought all was lost, the plant loosened up. Gilgamesh was able to take the plant and swim to the surface.