• The story of Gilgamesh begins with an account of the geography of his world.
• The people over which Gilgamesh rules as king possess a vast pantheon of gods; Uruk is surrounded on all sides by high walls meant to protect it and its people, however, continuing to order the walls built higher and higher, the King begins to monopolize completely the time of the men of Uruk.
• At first, the deities seem reluctant to intercede for various reasons, but Ishtar agrees with the elders of Uruk.
• The elders reveal their plan to create a man who will destroy Gilgamesh.
• The other gods grant Ishtar's request, but by this time the wild man, called Enkidu, has already been created; he is indistinguishable from Gilgamesh but for the pair of horns sprouting from his head.
• Aruru places her new creation in a cedar forest where he soon wakes...
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