A History of Western Society, Volume 1: From Antiquity to by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John

By Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Joe Perry, Clare Haru Crowston

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I thought I should find you like a hero prepared for battle, but you lie here taking your ease on your back. ” Utnapishtim then tells Gilgamesh of a time when the great god Enlil had become angered with the Sumerians and encouraged the other gods to wipe out humanity. The god Ea, however, warned Utnapishtim about the gods’ decision to send a great flood to destroy the Sumerians. He commanded Utnapishtim to build a boat big enough to hold his family, various artisans, and all animals in order to survive the flood that was to come.

His journey involves the effort not only to escape from death but also to reach an understanding of the meaning of life. The passage begins with Enkidu speaking of a dream that foretells his own death. Listen, my friend [Gilgamesh], this is the dream I dreamed last night. The heavens roared, and earth rumbled back an answer; between them I stood before an awful being, the sombre-faced manbird; he had directed on me his purpose. His was a vampire face, his foot was a lion’s foot, his hand was an eagle’s talon.

The destiny was fulfilled which the father of the gods, Enlil of the mountain, had decreed for Gilgamesh: In netherearth the darkness will show him a light: of mankind, all that are known, none will leave a monument for generations to compare with his. The heroes, the wise men, like the new moon have their waxing and waning. Men will say, Who has ever ruled with might and power like his? As in the dark month, the month of shadows, so without him there is no light. O Gilgamesh, this was the meaning of your dream [of immortality].

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