Link Love: Epic of Gilgamesh

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A newly discovered tablet V of the epic of Gilgamesh. The left half of the whole tablet has survived and is composed of 3 fragments. The Sulaymaniyah Museum, Iraq. Photo © Osama S.M. Amin.
A newly discovered tablet V of the epic of Gilgamesh. The left half of the whole tablet has survived and is composed of 3 fragments. The Sulaymaniyah Museum, Iraq. Photo © Osama S.M. Amin.

This Sept. 2015 article from ancient.eu details newly found lines from the fifth tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Of particular note for our class, the author notes that the twenty new lines suggest that Humbaba is not in fact a monster in the cedar forest, but rather a wealthy king who appears in  Gilgamesh's territory (and whom Enkidu may have spent some time with before meeting Gilgamesh). That quite alters the story, I think...

Heather Bennett

Professor, feminist, sci-fi geek. Historian interested in pedagogy, technology, gender/sexuality, archives, pop culture, medicine, intellectual history, world history.