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Epic Heroes: Gilgamesh and Achilles

Summary: Both Gilgamesh from the "Epic of Gilgamesh" (Andrew George's translation) and Achilles from Homer's "Iliad" are good examples of epic heroes. These characteristics include a divine ancestry, they both had friends who were like brothers, and they shared the same views on the glory of death.
From the days of ancient Greece and before, epic heroes have had their lives chronicled and their stories passed on from generation to generation all the way to present day. Two of the greatest heroes have been Gilgamesh from the epic named after him and Achilles from Homer's Iliad. While the two men's stories transpired in vastly different eras, their lives shared a surprising number of commonalities. Of course, with resemblances come several discrepancies in the way they lived and the ideals they believed in.

The first aspect that exemplifies both Gilgamesh's and Achilles' similarities and differences is divinity. Both Gilgamesh and Achilles are the sons of divine mothers. Gilgamesh, two-thirds divine and one-third mortal, is the son of Ninsun. His divine blood has lent him unmatched strength and skill as a warrior. However, instead of using his fortune in a noble manner, Gilgamesh acts...

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