Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh is the main character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian poem that is considered the first great work of literature and in earlier Sumerian poems. In the epic, Gilgamesh is a demigod of superhuman strength who builds the city walls of Uruk to defend his people and travels to meet the sage Utnapishtim, who survived the Great Flood.

Gilgamesh is generally seen by scholars as a historical figure, since inscriptions have been found which confirm the existence of other figures associated with him in the epic. If Gilgamesh existed, he probably was a king who reigned sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC.


He is the subject of the In Our Time podcast released on Nov 03 2016.


Tony Garone released a music CD based on the epic in 2001.


And Robert Silverberg wrote the book ‘Gilgamesh the King’ on the character in 1984,