The Great Myths #1: Gilgamesh Begins – Human Voices Wake Us
An episode from 12/19/20: In the very first episode of The Great Myths, I set out the goals of the series, talk about my introduction to mythology, and read from the first story, from Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh.
The prototypical Wild Man Out of Nature, Enkidu, is created for the express purpose of reigning in the excesses of a nearby ruler, Gilgamesh. But first, he must be “civilized” and brought from the country to the city, as happens here, with the help of a sacred prostitute, named Shamhat. The loss of Enkidu’s connection to nature is still quite moving, as is his first experience of bread, beer, and a good haircut.
The other readings from Gilgamesh can be found here.
The translation I read from is by Andrew George.