I been reading up on some of the Gilgamesh Epic and its very interesting.
Heres some of the stuff I have found out . Sorry for the length but its 11 tablets long and quite long. Plus Im I think there is a 12 missing
This most of story seems to take place on the River Euphrates in what is moderen day Iraq
The account begins: Gilgamesh, two-thirds god and one-third human, is the greatest king on earth and the strongest super-human that ever existed. He
seems to have been considered more God then Man.
However, he is young and oppresses his people harshly.
The people call out to the sky-god Anu, the chief god of the city, to help them. In response, Anu creates a wild man, Enkidu, out in the harsh and
wild forests surrounding Gilgamesh's lands. This brute, Enkidu, has the strength of dozens of wild animals; he is to serve as the subhuman rival to
the superhuman Gilgamesh.
Enkidu seems to mate with a human women thus losing his strength and wildness, but he gains understanding and knowledge.
Enkidu is gradually introduced to civilization by living for a time with a group of shepherds, who teach him how to tend flocks, how to eat, how to
speak properly, and how to wear clothes.
Gilgamesh and Enkidu end up fighting furiously until Gilgamesh wins the upper hand; Enkidu concedes Gilgamesh's superiority and the two embrace and
become devoted friends.
They seem to encounter a demon in the Cedar forest, Humbaba.Humbaba comes roaring up to them and warns them off. Enkidu shouts at Humbaba that the two
of them are much stronger than the demon, but Humbaba, who knows Gilgamesh is a king, taunts the king for taking orders from a nobody like Enkidu.
Turning his face into a hideous mask, Humbaba begins to threaten the pair, and Gilgamesh runs and hides. Enkidu shouts at Gilgamesh, inspiring him
with courage, and Gilgamesh appears from hiding and the two begin their epic battle with Humbaba. Shamash intrudes on the battle, helping the pair,
and Humbaba is defeated. Humbaba puts a curse on Enkidu before he dies.
After these events, Gilgamesh, his fame widespread and his frame resplendent in his wealthy clothes, attracts the sexual attention of the goddess
Ishtar, who comes to Gilgamesh and offers to become his lover. Gilgamesh refuses with insults, listing all the mortal lovers that Ishtar has had and
recounting the dire fates they all met with at her hands. Deeply insulted, Ishtar returns to heaven and begs her father, the sky-god Anu, to let her
have the Bull of Heaven to wreak vengeance on Gilgamesh and his city:
Anu reluctantly gives in, and the Bull of Heaven is sent down into Uruk. Each time the bull breathes, its breath is so powerful that enormous abysses
are opened up in the earth and hundreds of people fall through to their deaths. Working together again, Gilgamesh and Enkidu slay the mighty bull.
Ishtar is enraged, but Enkidu begins to insult her, saying that she is next, that he and Gilgamesh will kill her next, and he rips one of the thighs
off the bull and hurls it into her face.
Enkidu falls ill after having a set of ominous dreams; he finds out from the priests that he has been singled out for vengeance by the gods.
Enkidu commends himself to Gilgamesh, and after suffering terribly for twelve days, he finally dies.
Gilgamesh is torn apart by the death of his friend, and utters a long lament, ordering all of creation to never fall silent in mourning his dead
Gilgamesh allows his life to fall apart; he does not bathe, does not shave, does not take care of himself, not so much out of grief for his friend,
but because he now realizes that he too must die and the thought sends him into a panic. He decides that he can't live unless granted eternal life;
This is where he meets Utnapishtim(Noah) Who is immortal himself and knows the secret. Utnapishtim story is a dead ringer for that of Noahs the great
flood, Building the ark,two of every animal,comming to rest on a mountain top.
At the end of his story, Utnapishtim offers Gilgamesh a chance at immortality. If Gilgamesh can stay awake for six days and seven nights, he, too,
will become immortal. Whats Gilgamesh do he falls asleep dumba$$ and gets caught out.
Utnapishtim's wife convinces the old man to have mercy on him; he offers Gilgamesh in place of immortality a secret plant that will make Gilgamesh
young again. The plant is at the bottom of the ocean surrounding the Far-Away; Gilgamesh ties stones to his feet, sinks to the bottom, and plucks the
magic plant. But he doesn't use it because he doesn't trust it; rather he decides to take it back to Uruk and test it out on an old man first, to
make sure it works.
Urshanabi takes him across the Waters of Death. Several leagues inland, Gilgamesh and Urshanabi stop to eat and sleep; while they're sleeping, a
snake slithers up and eats the magic plant (which is why snakes shed their skin) and crawls away. Gilgamesh awakens to find the plant gone; he falls
to his knees and weeps:
For whom have I labored? For whom have I journeyed?
For whom have I suffered?
I have gained absolutely nothing for myself,
I have only profited the snake, the ground lion!
The tale ends with Gilgamesh, at the end of his journey standing before the gates of Uruk, inviting Urshanabi to look around and view the greatness of
this city, its high walls, its masonwork, and here at the base of its gates, as the foundation of the city walls, a stone of lapis lazuli on which is
carved Gilgamesh's account of his exploits.