Gilgamesh of Uruk
by Tamara Agha-Jaffar
Gilgamesh, son of the goddess Ninsun and the mortal Lugalbanda, is the arrogant king of the vibrant city of Uruk, a sprawling desert metropolis. To quell Gilgamesh’s oppressive behavior, the gods fashion the wild man, Enkidu, to be a companion to the king and to calm his errant ways. The two form an inseparable bond, embark on a wild misadventure, and commit a series of blunders that offend the very gods who created Enkidu. What happens next sends Gilgamesh on an epic journey to find his ancestor, Utnapishtim the Faraway, to learn his story of survival and unlock the secrets of immortality. Based on a 4,000-year-old myth from Ancient Mesopotamia, the narrative unfolds in a series of flashbacks. What Gilgamesh learns from his encounters with out of the world creatures in out of the world places is a lesson he will not soon forget.
Category: Fantasy – Myths & Legends