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The Epic of Gilgamesh is among the earliest of all known works literature in the world. The poem tells the story of King Gilgamesh of Uruk who is thought to have reigned around 2700 BCE. Uruk is believed by some to be the origin of the name of modern day Iraq and was located in southern Mesopotamia in what was known as Sumer. Interestingly, this region is credited by many scholars as the birthplace of the written language. During the time that the Epic takes place Uruk was the largest city in the world.

The story revolves around Gilgamesh and how the Gods try to subdue his oppression of the people of Uruk by creating Enkidu, a Wildman that is Gilgamesh's equal and is supposed to distract Gilgamesh. This plan sort of backfires as Enkidu is made more like a man with the help of a prostitute and the Sun god Shamash. Enkidu and Gilgamesh become friends and embark on journeys similar to Heracles in Greek mythology, slaying beasts and demi-gods, much to the displeasure of the Gods.

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