Questions tagged [gilgamesh]

For questions about the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Mesopotamian epic poem, as well as its eponymous hero.

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What was the plant that Gilgamesh found after Utnapishtim's story?

I'm assuming that the Gilgamesh myth is fairly distinct from the Mesoamerican Fountain of Youth and the Hindu Soma, but are there any corroborating myths or other research into the details of the ...
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Why is Gilgamesh considered to be one-third human and two-third god?

Most of the time, the term "demigod" is used to describe people who are the offspring of a god and a human. As far as I know, Gilgamesh is the child of a goddess and a king. Why then is Gilgamesh ...
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Who were the Seven Sages who laid the foundations of Uruk?

In Tablet I of the The Epic of Gilgamesh, Seven Sages are said to have laid the foundations of Uruk: Climb Uruk's wall and walk back and forth! Survey its foundations, examine the brickwork! Were its ...
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What caused the Deluge?

In Tablet XI of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Uta-napishti relays the story of the Deluge: Said Uta-napishti to him, to Gilgamesh: 'Let me disclose, Gilgamesh, a matter most secret, to you will tell a ...
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What are the names of the seven sages in the Epic of Gilgamesh [duplicate]

The Dictionary of Deities and Demons states that: Based on a tradition that goes back to the 3rd millennium, the term apkallu is used for legendary creatures endowed with wisdom, seven in number, who ...
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