The Epic of Gilgamesh G E Beasley

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avenge the rejected sexual advances He does Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill the. 7 The gods decide that somebody has to be punished for killing the Bull of. Heaven and it is Enkidu Enkidu becomes ill and describes the Netherworld as. he is dying,8 Lament of Gilgamesh for Enkidu, 9 Gilgamesh sets out to avoid Enkidu s fate and makes a perilous journey to. visit Utnapishtim and his wife the only humans to have survived the Great. Flood who were granted immortality by the gods in the hope that he too can. attain immortality Along the way Gilgamesh encounters the ale wife Siduri. who attempts to dissuade him from his quest, 10 Completion of the journey by punting across the Waters of Death with. Urshanabi the ferryman, 11 Gilgamesh meets Utnapishtim who tells him about the great flood and. gives him two chances for immortality First he tells Gilgamesh that if he can. stay awake for six days and seven nights he will become immortal Gilgamesh. fails but Utnapishtim decides to give him another chance Utnapishtim tells. Gilgamesh that if he can obtain a plant from the bottom of the sea and eat it he. will become immortal Gilgamesh obtains the plant but it is stolen by a snake. Gilgamesh having failed both chances returns to Uruk where the sight of its. massive walls provoke Gilgamesh to praise this enduring work of mortal men. Gilgamesh is killed by a bull stabbed by its horns Every one is overcome with. sadness Gilgamesh is tormented by bull demons in the after life. The Epic of Gilgamesh is perhaps the oldest written story on Earth It comes. to us from Ancient Sumeria and was originally written on 12 clay tablets in. cunieform script It is about the adventures of the historical King of Uruk. somewhere between 2750 and 2500 BCE, The translator chose to eliminate Tablet XII for personal reasons with support. from many literary archaeological and linguistic experts because it appears to. be more of a sequel to the first 11 tablets containing a story about Enkidu. volunteering to retrieve some objects that Gilgamesh dropped into the. Netherworld, This translation is based on the standard Akkadian edition but is filled in.
with excerpts from the Old Babylonian where necessary. The Excerpts, He who has seen everything I will make known to the lands I will teach. about him who experienced all things alike Anu granted him the totality of. knowledge of all He saw the Secret discovered the Hidden he brought. information of the time before the Flood He went on a distant journey. pushing himself to exhaustion but then was brought to peace He carved on a. stone stela all of his toils and built the wall of Uruk Haven the wall of the. sacred Eanna Temple the holy sanctuary Look at its wall which gleams like. copper inspect its inner wall the likes of which no one can equal Take hold. of the threshold stone it dates from ancient times Go close to the Eanna. Temple the residence of Ishtar such as no later king or man ever equaled Go. up on the wall of Uruk and walk around examine its foundation inspect its. brickwork thoroughly Is not even the core of the brick structure made of kiln. fired brick and did not the Seven Sages themselves lay out its plans One. league city one league palm gardens one league lowlands the open area of. the Ishtar Temple three leagues and the open area of Uruk it the wall. encloses Find the copper tablet box open the of its lock of bronze undo the. fastening of its secret opening Take and read out from the lapis lazuli tablet. how Gilgamesh went through every hardship, Supreme over other kings lordly in appearance he is the hero born of Uruk. the goring wild bull He walks out in front the leader and walks at the rear. trusted by his companions Mighty net protector of his people raging flood. wave who destroys even walls of stone Offspring of Lugalbanda Gilgamesh is. strong to perfection son of the august cow Rimat Ninsun Gilgamesh is. awesome to perfection It was he who opened the mountain passes who dug. wells on the flank of the mountain It was he who crossed the ocean the vast. seas to the rising sun who explored the world regions seeking life It was he. who reached by his own sheer strength Utanapishtim the Faraway who. restored the sanctuaries or cities that the Flood had destroyed for teeming. mankind Who can compare with him in kingliness Who can say like. Gilgamesh I am King Whose name from the day of his birth was called. Gilgamesh Two thirds of him is god one third of him is human The Great. Goddess Aruru designed the model for his body she prepared his form. beautiful handsomest of men perfect He walks around in the enclosure. of Uruk Like a wild bull he makes himself mighty head raised over others. There is no rival who can raise his weapon against him His fellows stand at. the alert attentive to his orders and the men of Uruk become anxious in. Gilgamesh does not leave a son to his father day and night he arrogant y. The following lines are interpreted as rhetorical perhaps spoken by the. oppressed citizens of Uruk, Is Gilgamesh the shepherd of Uruk Haven is he the shepherd bold eminent. knowing and wise Gilgamesh does not leave a girl to her mother The. daughter of the warrior the bride of the young man the gods kept hearing their. complaints so the gods of the heavens implored the Lord of Uruk Anu. You have indeed brought into being a mighty wild bull head raised There is. no rival who can raise a weapon against him His fellows stand at the alert. attentive to his orders Gilgamesh does not leave a son to his father day and. night he arrogantly Is he the shepherd of Uruk Haven is he their shepherd. bold eminent knowing and wise Gilgamesh does not leave a girl to her. The daughter of the warrior the bride of the young man Anu listened to their. complaints and the gods called out to Aruru it was you Aruru who created. mankind now create a zikru to it him Let him be equal to his Gilgamesh s. stormy heart let them be a match for each other so that Uruk may find peace. When Aruru heard this she created within herself the zikrtt of Anu Aruru. washed her hands she pinched off some clay and threw it into the wilderness. In the wildness she created valiant Enkidu born of Silence endowed with. strength by Ninurta His whole body was shaggy with hair he had a full head. of hair like a woman his locks billowed in profusion like Ashnan He knew. neither people nor settled living but wore a garment like Sumukan He ate. grasses with the gazelles and jostled at the watering hole with the animals as. with animals his thirst was slaked with mere water. A notorious trapper came face to face with him opposite the watering hole A. first a second and a third day he came face to face with him opposite the. watering hole On seeing him the trapper s face went stark with fear and he. Enkidu and his animals drew back home He was rigid with fear though. stock still his heart pounded and his face drained of color He was miserable to. the core and his face looked like one who had made a long journey The. trapper addressed his father saying Father a certain fellow has come from. the mountains He is the mightiest in the land his strength is as mighty as the. meteorite of Anu He continually goes over the mountains he continually. jostles at the watering place with the animals he continually plants his feet. opposite the watering place I was afraid so I did not go up to him He filled in. the pits that I had dug wrenched out my traps that I had spread released from. my grasp the wild animals He does not let me make my rounds in the. wilderness, The trapper s father spoke to him saying My son there lives in Uruk a certain. Gilgamesh There is no one stronger than he he is as strong as the meteorite. of Anu Go set off to Uruk tell Gilgamesh of this Man of Might He will give. you the harlot Shamhat take her with you The woman will overcome the. fellow as if she were strong When the animals are drinking at the watering. place have her take off her robe and expose her sex When he sees her he will. draw near to her and his animals who grew up in his wilderness will be alien. He heeded his father s advice The trapper went off to Uruk he made the. journey stood inside of Uruk and declared to Gilgamesh. There is a certain fellow who has come from the mountains he is the. mightiest in the land his strength is as mighty as the meteorite of Anu He. continually goes over the mountains he continually jostles at the watering. place with the animals he continually plants his feet opposite the watering. place I was afraid so I did not go up to him He filled in the pits that I had dug. wrenched out my traps that I had spread released from my grasp the wild. animals He does not let me make my rounds in the wilderness Gilgamesh. said to the trapper Go trapper bring the harlot Shamhat with you When the. animals are drinking at the watering place have her take off her robe and. expose her sex When he sees her he will draw near to her and his animals. who grew up in his wilderness will be alien to him. The trapper went bringing the harlot Shamhat with him They set off on the. journey making direct way On the third day they arrived at the appointed. place and the trapper and the harlot sat down at their posts A first day and a. second they sat opposite the watering hole The animals arrived and drank at. the watering hole the wild beasts arrived and slaked their thirst with water. Then he Enkidu offspring of the mountains who eats grasses with the. gazelles came to drink at the watering hole with the animals with the wild. beasts he slaked his thirst with water Then Shamhat saw him a primitive a. savage fellow from the depths of the wilderness, That is he Shamhat Release your clenched arms expose your sex so he can.
take in your voluptuousness Do not be restrained take his energy When he. sees you he will draw near to you Spread out your robe so he can lie upon you. and perform for this primitive the task of womankind His animals who grew. up in his wilderness will become alien to him and his lust will groan over. Shamhat unclutched her bosom exposed her sex and he took in her. voluptuousness She was not restrained but took his energy She spread out her. robe and he lay upon her she performed for the primitive the task of. womankind His lust groaned over her for six days and seven nights Enkidu. stayed aroused and had intercourse with the harlot until he was sated with her. charms But when he turned his attention to his animals the gazelles saw. Enkidu and darted off the wild animals distanced themselves from his body. Enkidu his utterly depleted body his knees that wanted to go off with his. animals went rigid Enkidu was diminished his running was not as before But. then he drew himself up for his understanding had broadened Turning around. he sat down at the harlot s feet gazing into her face his ears attentive as the. harlot spoke The harlot said to Enkidu, You are beautiful Enkidu you are become like a god Why do you gallop. around the wilderness with the wild beasts Come let me bring you into Uruk. Haven to the Holy Temple the residence of Anu and Ishtar the place of. Gilgamesh who is wise to perfection but who struts his power over the people. like a wild bull What she kept saying found favor with him Becoming aware. of himself he sought a friend Enkidu spoke to the harlot Come Shamhat. take me away with you to the sacred Holy Temple the residence of Anu and. Ishtar the place of Gilgamesh who is wise to perfection but who struts his. power over the people like a wild bull I will challenge him Let me shout out. in Uruk I am the mighty one Lead me in and I will change the order of things. he whose strength is mightiest is the one born in the wilderness. Shamhat to Enkidu, Come let us go so he may see your face I will lead you to Gilgamesh I. know where he will be Look about Enkidu inside Uruk Haven where the. people show off in skirted finery where every day is a day for some festival. where the lyre and drum play continually where harlots stand about prettily. exuding voluptuousness full of laughter and on the couch of night the sheets. are spread Enkidu you who do not know how to live I will show you. Gilgamesh a man of extreme feelings Look at him gaze at his face he is a. handsome youth with freshness his entire body exudes voluptuousness He. has mightier strength than you without sleeping day or night Enkidu it is your. wrong thoughts you must change it is Gilgamesh whom Shamhat loves and. Anu Enlil and La have enlarged his mind Even before you came from the. mountain Gilgamesh in Uruk had dreams about you, Gilgamesh got up and revealed the dream saying to his mother. Mother I had a dream last night Stars of the sky appeared and some kind of. meteorite of Anu fell next to me I tried to lift it but it was too mighty for. me I tried to turn it over but I could not budge it The Land of Uruk was. standing around it the whole land had assembled about it the populace was. thronging around it the Men clustered about it and kissed its feet as if it were a. little baby I loved it and embraced it as a wife I laid it down at your feet. and you made it compete with me The mother of Gilgamesh the wise all. knowing said to her Lord Rimat Ninsun the wise all knowing said to. As for the stars of the sky that appeared and the meteorite of Anu which fell. next to you you tried to lift but it was too mighty for you you tried to turn it. The Epic of Gilgamesh is perhaps the oldest written story on Earth It comes to us from Ancient Sumeria and was originally written on 12 clay tablets in cunieform script It is about the adventures of the historical King of Uruk somewhere between 2750 and 2500 BCE The translator chose to eliminate Tablet XII for personal reasons with support from many literary archaeological and

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