The Great Myths: Mesopotamian

The Great Myths #1: Gilgamesh Begins Human Voices Wake Us

The Great Myths #2: Gilgamesh, Enkidu, & the Underworld Human Voices Wake Us

The Great Myths #3: Gilgamesh & the Flood Human Voices Wake Us

Here are the complete readings I’ve made from Andrew George’s translation of the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh

  • In the first, I read about the creation of Enkidu and how, through the sacred prostitute Shamhat, he is civilized and taken out of his life in nature.
  • In the second, I read Enkidu’s deathbed speech, and the dream he has about the Underworld, just before his death.
  • In the third, I read Gilgamesh’s meeting with Utanapishti, who relates the Mesopotamian account of the Flood, and Gilgamesh’s final failure at achieving immortality.

The books used for these episodes are: