Epic of Gilgamesh. What is it?*. Epic poem (long story) about Gilgamesh, king of Uruk Gilgamesh was an actual King of Uruk (2700 BC) but the story is a myth One of the earliest known examples of literature Date as early as 2000 BC (4,000 years ago) Found on several tablets
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Love as motivation
Death is Inevitable
At first Gilgamesh believes his fame will allow him to live on
When confronted with death he is at first saddened
He comes to terms with it only after realizing that humanity will live on
*They borrowed ideas from the people who came before them in the area and from other civilizations