The Epic of Gilgamesh - Research Article from World Literature and Its Times

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Events in History at the Time the Epic Takes Place

The real Gilgamesh and the evolution of the myth. Although little is known about the real Gilgamesh, historical evidence seems to indicate that he did indeed exist. The Sumerian king list, which purports to trace the royal lineage from the time when kingship was conferred by the heavens through the defeat of Uruk itself, names Gilgamesh (therein called by his original Sumerian name, Bilgamesh) as fifth in line of the First Dynasty of the kingship of Uruk; his reign supposedly occurred in the latter half of the third millennium—around 2700 B.C.E.—and lasted 126 years. Other traditions identify him as a great warrior and the builder of the great wall of Uruk, and claim that he was partly divine, for his mother was the goddess Ninsun, and his father was a demon-man, who...

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