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Invitation to World Literature

The Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh: Connections

Enkidu and Shamhat - comic

In the Images of World Literature slideshow, you saw ancient images inspired by The Epic of Gilgamesh. Here at Connections, you can find modern interpretations, analyses, and performances of the Gilgamesh story.

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This image of Gilgamesh and Enkidu by modern-day artist Neil Dalrymple is inspired by ancient images of the two friends; notice Enkidu is part-animal, and smaller than the king whom he loves and serves.

These ceramic relief tablets were designed and hand sculpted by Neil Dalrymple, Ceramic Sculptor, UK.


David Damrosch talks about this image

Humbaba’s demonic face was a popular subject for sculptors; this ancient Assyrian representation follows the usual practice of depicting the creature’s face as one swirling line.
The Schoyen Collection, MS 4573/1

David Damrosch talks about this image

The king’s great prowess as a rider and a marksman is celebrated in this carving from his capital city of Nineveh. The city was his greatest achievement, just as Uruk was Gilgamesh’s.

David Damrosch talks about this image



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