The Epic of Gilgamesh


Folklore Patterns Key terms for names and episodes in the Epic of Gilgamesh


Cuneiform clay tablet. Text from the eleventh tablet (the Flood) of the Epic of Gilgamesh, illustrating the condition of the text even after many pieces have been rejoined. In the British Museum. Local, ephemeral use only.

Clay mask of Humbaba. (?) Appears as a fearsome, protective demon. (Perhaps the prototype of the Gorgon head in archaic Greek art.) University of Penn. Museum. Local, ephemeral use only.

Slaying of Humbaba. (?) Impression of a Neo-Assyrian period cylinder seal, belonging to Dr. Leonard Gorelick. Local, ephemeral use only.

Nude hero (Gilgamesh?) subduing a bull. Impression of a late 3rd millenium B.C. cylinder seal. Local, ephemeral use only.


Mediterranean Basin (East)



Essay on Gilgamesh, by Arthur A. Brown (Note: this is not a sign that I agree with Brown on every, or even many, points-- only an essay that seems to have some interesting or illustrative points)