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Powerful But Not Immortal The Epic of Gilgamesh still touches people profoundly even after many centuries because it is about issues that are common to all people throughout history - the anguish of death for all human beings For example Gilgamesh the protagonist of The Epic of Gilgamesh and King Thanh Cat Dai Tu Han the famous King of China in early 400 BC had tried many ways to find a solution for having everlasting lives however the fact was that they were human and would die This is the absolute difference between gods and humans gods live forever and humans must die Consequently immortality was the solution that both Gilgamesh and Thanh Cat Dai Tu Han sought in order to overcome their fear of death Gilgamesh Two third they made him god and one third man Gilgamesh 13 was the mythical king of Uruk in Babylonia on the River Euphrates in modern Iraq He was the greatest king on earth and the strongest man that ever lived As a young man Gilgamesh had no compassion for the people of Uruk He was their king but not their shepherd he killed their sons and raped their daughters But when he met Enkidu he learned many things how to love to have compassion and to understand the meaning of mortality He and Enkidu journeyed into the forest to confront the terrible Humbaba because Gilgamesh wanted to set up his name where the names of famous people were written Gilgamesh 18 When Gilgamesh refused to marry Ishtar she was furious She decided to seek revenge by sending the Bull of Heaven to kill Gilgamesh Gilgamesh and Enkidu succeeded in killing the Bull of Heaven but Enkidu later died as a result With the death of his best friend Gilgamesh was distraught with grief and denial He despaired the loss of Enkidu but also his own death which he knew could come some day Seeking to
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