5 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is said to be the main work of literature that influenced The Bible as we know it. The journey and adventures of demigod Gilgamesh have served as the cornerstone of literature for thousands of years. Below you can find some interesting facts you might not know about this great work of literature.


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World’s first classic

The Epic of Gilgamesh, dating circa 2100 BC, is the world’s first work of written literature and remains a classis to this day. In essence, it’s a series of poems and legends about a hero called Gilgamesh. The authors of this world’s first ever classic are unknown and the work is said to be anonymous. However, the latest version dating circa 600 BC was signed by a Babylonian called Sin-Leqi-Unninni.

The Epic of Gilgamesh is composed in Sumerian language which was a language isolate spoken in Northern Mesopotamia circa 3000 BC. It’s written in one of world’s earliest writing systems called cuneiform.

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