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Gilgamesh, half-god and half-man, in his loneliness and isolation becomes a cruel tyrant over the citizens of Uruk. To impress them forever he orders a great wall to be built, driving his people to exhaustion and despair so that they cry to the Sun God for help. In answer, another kind of man, Enkidu, is sent to earth to live among the animals and learn kindness from them. He falls in love with Shamhat, a singer from the temple, and he follows her back to Uruk. There, Enkidu, the uncivilized beast from the forest, shows the evil Gilgamesh through friendship what it means to be human.

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Gilgamesh the King tells the first part of the classic epic of Gilgamesh and is an exciting and dramatic illustrated text to go alongside your Ancient Sumer topic. Gilgamesh is half-god and half-man. He starts off as a cruel and tyrannical ruler of his people, but soon learns about kindness and friendship thanks to the intervention of the Sun god.

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