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Myths about kings are widely told and sometimes used as a reference for what the ideal good king should be like They primarily include a king that exhibit the qualities of being strong and having intelligence But what exactly makes a good king According to the Mesopotamians in the poem Epic of Gilgamesh and the artifact The Royal Standard of Ur there are various aspects that plays an important role in having a good king Introduced in the poem Epic of Gilgamesh readers meets Gilgamesh created by Gods he was two-thirds God and one third man He had been given a perfect body and endowed with beauty and courage Although he possessed these idealistic qualities of a good king and had even built great walls in the city of Uruk there were still numerous lessons in kingship that he needed to be taught before he would be considered a good king His all-powerful arrogance lead him into terrifying his people battling his own warriors and raping the women A good king is supposed to protect his people not terrorize them Eventually the people of Uruk prayed to the Gods about Gilgamesh and in return the Gods sent his equal Enkidu a wild man who is just as strong and good looking as Gilgamesh Gilgamesh and Enkidu set out to defeat Humbaba the massive intimidating demon who guards the Cedar Forest With his equal Gilgamesh not only gain a companion in camaraderie but their friendship changes Gilgamesh from a domineering person to a hero and a good king He is taught a lesson of love for ones bothering and how a good king is to act towards his people Another time he proves to be a hero was when he saved the people of Uruk from the Bull of Heaven that Ishtar goddess of love released because Gilgamesh rejected her Going to war in time of need and keeping safe the people of his
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