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Gilgamesh and the Story of the Flood
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
Bible, worm, Ishtar, sober, limits, crowns, life, within, immortal, Dust, anymore, grains, Ziusudra, goddess, hero, clay, nested, death, city, interpolated, pans, Enkidu, humanity, mythic, episteme, Elysian, late
the flood story called attention to the Epic of Gilgamesh
the flood story was known from the           
the role the flood story plays in Gilgamesh
comes          in the story
feels like an                          tale, like a story within a story
it's not the centerpiece of the drama of Gilgamesh and             
there is an ancient tradition in the Near East of stories              stories
in the 1000 and one knights we see this flowering
they loved              tales
it scales up the story of Gilgamesh to the story of                 
as if the camera          out
the Noah figure with an                  (something known, from ἐπίστασθαι, meaning "to know, to understand, or to be acquainted with)
confronting Gilgamesh with the limits of humanity and human mortality
the counterpoint to the story of Enkidu in the beginning of the epic who becomes human
now at the end of the epic confronting the              of humanity
asks the question: what is the difference between you and me, and the goddess              or the sun god Shamash
the gods are immortal and see and know everything
name means "he who found         "
episteme is life
is tasked by Enki to abandon his worldly possessions and create a giant ship to be called Preserver of Life
to bring his wife, family, and relatives along with the craftsmen of his village, baby animals, and             
the oncoming flood would wipe out all animals and people not on the ship, a concept similar to the biblical story of Noah's Ark
considers the limits of human life in relation to the world of animals and the world of the gods
a contrast between the under world and the upper world
when the flood comes, all of mankind is returned to         
clay is what people are made up and what your          is made of
when a flood comes through a baked clay city, it can actually just melt it away
the city becomes the larger body of the         
Utanapishtim becomes the closest thing to becoming immortal, and divine
he and his wife life forever
he knows, like                  (the main character from an earlier flood story), he is exceeding the wise one
this story is also very realistic
a serious,            view
he lives on a blessed island
you have to cross the waters of            to get there
it looks a lot like the                Fields of Homer
the most moving moment is the death of Enkidu
and Gilgamesh's lament over him
he can't accept it
stays seven days and seven nights
mirroring the lovemaking at the beginning
sits by the corpse until a          comes out of the nose
stark, realistic detail
Utnapishtim survived the flood, his God allowed him to live forever
asks Gilgamesh: who will do that for you
the gods don't do that               
we have to think of what Homer's attitude is toward these gods and goddesses
the gods world is not our world
our contact is very limited with them
humans are looking forward to the House of         
like the Hebrew Sheol
not much going on
drink muddy water for bear
eat dust for your bread
no difference between kings and servants
there is a heap of              by the door: leave them as you come in
there is dust on the doors, since people come in, but nobody ever goes out
when Gilgamesh meets with Utanapishtim
comes from a mythic background
before the flood you had a kind of              possibility
you could sleep with a               
you could become                 
after the flood, we are confined by the human world
the flood separated the world of myth from the world of history
Goethe and Eckermann
Goethe's Corpus and World Literature
The 19th Century Recovery of the Library of Ashurbanipal from 650 BC
Gilgamesh as World Literature
Themes from the Epic of Gilgamesh
Enkidu Introduced to Culture Via Shamhat
Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Humbaba and the Country
Gilgamesh and the Story of the Flood