Sweet-voice Aruru, mother of men,

Screamed out, like a woman in childbirth:

“If only that day had never been,

when I spoke up for evil in the council of the gods!

How could I have agreed to destroy

My children by the Great Flood upon them?

I have given birth to the human race, only

to see them fill the ocean like fish.’

The other gods were lamenting with.

They sat and listened to her and wept.

Their lips were parched, crusted with scabs.’

GILGAMESH (Stephen Mitchell, trans.)


Gilgamesh (/ˈɡɪl.ɡə.mɛʃ/𒄑𒂆𒈦Gilgameš, originally Bilgamesh 𒄑𒉈𒂵𒈩) is the main character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian poem that is considered the first great work of literature, and in earlier Sumerian poems. In the epic, Gilgamesh is a demigod of superhuman strength who builds the city walls of Uruk to defend his people and travels to meet the sage Utnapishtim, who survived the Great Flood.

Gilgamesh is generally seen by scholars as a historical figure…

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