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  1. Humbaba: A Monstrous Foe for Gilgamesh or a Misunderstood Guardian?

    Humbaba (Huwawa) is a guardian creature found in the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is generally considered to be the earliest surviving great work of literature. Although Humbaba is traditionally depicted as a scary and negative figure, in opposition to the protagonist Gilgamesh, a recently discovered tablet portrays him in a more positive light.

    dhwty - 21/04/2018 - 18:48

  2. The Ascension of Gilgamesh: Did the Epic Hero Actually Exist?

    The Epic of Gilgamesh is widely recognized and frequently a required reading for world literature courses. The poem is considered a masterpiece in its own right, not just because it is the earliest piece of Western Asian epic poetry. Written 4,000 years ago, the poem tells the story of a hero contending with gods and demons, as well as grappling with issues that still confound us today: how to deal with the grief of a deceased loved one and the purpose of existence.

    Kerry Sullivan - 14/09/2017 - 13:57

  3. The Nurturing Goddess Ninsun: Worshipped by Ancient Mesopotamians and the Mother of Gilgamesh

    Ninsun is a female figure found in Sumerian mythology. She is a goddess whose parents are the deities Anu (the sky god) and Uras (a goddess of the earth). As a goddess, Ninsun was worshipped by the ancient Mesopotamians, and had several cult centers in that civilization.

    Today, however, Ninsun is perhaps best known as the mother of the hero Gilgamesh, the principal hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, a piece of work commonly regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature.

    dhwty - 12/03/2016 - 03:34

  4. Forget Death and Seek Life! Fascinating Insights into The Human Condition in 4,000-Year-Old Epic of Gilgamesh

    “Forget death and seek life!” With these encouraging words, Gilgamesh, the star of the eponymous 4000-year-old epic poem, coins the world’s first heroic catchphrase.

    ancient-origins - 09/05/2017 - 01:58

  5. The Legend of Gilgamesh

    Myths are traditional stories that address the various ways of living and being. The well-known myth of Gilgamesh has been cited in many sources as one of the first stories in our recorded human history originating from Mesopotamia, Iraq today, though some maintain it was not just a fairytale but was based on some elements of truth. Only a few tablets have survived from the original Sumerian texts dating back to 2000 BC and written in cuneiform language.

    ancient-origins - 02/08/2014 - 01:14

  6. The Ancient Epic of Gilgamesh and the Precession of the Equinox

    Gilgamesh is the ancient Sumerian epic, written some 4,000 years ago on cuneiform clay tablets and rediscovered only in the nineteenth century. It is a story that has echoes of the biblical Old Testament, with its graphic details of a great flood and the formation of mankind from the dust of the earth. The bulk of the story is devoted to a king of Sumer, known as Gilgamesh, and his epic quest into the mystical forests of cedar, where he performs many heroic deeds.

    ralph - 24/09/2015 - 01:04

  7. Fun for Everyone: The Evolving History of Board Games

    The delightful hobby of playing games isn't a modern invention. While people in ancient times didn't have ... Go to entertain themselves, they still spent hours of fun games both inside and outside of their households. The delightful hobby of playing games isn't a modern invention. While people in ancient times didn't have ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 25/12/2016 - 21:51

  8. Ancient North Americans Played High-stakes Games

    From games of chance to tests of physical skill, ancient North America Indians took their sport and recreation seriously, research shows. “Games are ubiquitous. Every society seems to have them,” says Barbara ... University of California, Santa Barbara From games of chance to tests of physical skill, ancient North America Indians took ...

    ancient origins - 09/02/2018 - 02:02

  9. Anunnaki Revealed: Finding the Nephilim in Myth, Giants Among Men– Part II


    jason and sarah - 16/11/2017 - 18:56

  10. Immortality Lies within the Legend: Is Gilgamesh Alive and Well?

    In 1853, Hormuzad Rassam discovered fragments of an ancient Sumerian text which is now considered to be the first great work of literature our civilization ever produced. After its translation it was published in 1870 by George Smith. Although read by serious Mesopotamia scholars far and wide, it was generally consigned to oblivion in the popular press. As a matter of fact, it took an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation to spark any real public interest in the work.

    jim willis - 20/08/2018 - 16:33

  11. Mythbusting Ancient Rome: Did Christians Ban The Ancient Olympics?

    ... or Summer Olympics comes around, we hear about how the games staged at Olympia in Greece since 776 BC came to a sudden end in the late ... or Summer Olympics comes around, we hear about how the games staged at Olympia in Greece since 776 BC came to a sudden end in the late ...

    ancient-origins - 22/02/2018 - 01:45

  12. Previously Unknown Lines to the Epic of Gilgamesh discovered in Stolen Cuneiform Tablet

    An Assyriologist at the University of London (UCL) has discovered that a stolen clay tablet inscribed with ancient cuneiform text that was recently acquired by a museum in Iraq, contains 20 previously unknown lines to the epic story of Gilgamesh, the oldest known epic poem and widely regarded as the first great work of literature ever created.  The discovery provides new details about Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to rid Gilgamesh of his arrogance, as they travel to the Cedar Forest, home of the

    aprilholloway - 03/10/2015 - 21:47

  13. The Dilmun Civilization: An Important Location for Ancient Mythology and Trade

    Dilmun (Telmun) was a civilization located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Although this was quite an old civilization, it is much less famous than the four cradles of civilization of the Old World, i.e. Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Indus Valley Civilization, and the Yellow River Civilization.

    dhwty - 25/10/2015 - 23:52

  14. Mind Games of the Forgotten Russian Knight

    ... Gilgamesh Ancient North Americans Played High-stakes Games Excavation of a hidden chamber revealed the crypt. (Image: ... Fun for Everyone: The Evolving History of Board Games Two views of the Nine Men’s Morris Game. Image: Vyborg ...

    ashley cowie - 08/09/2018 - 14:03

  15. Ancient Pedigree of the Open Championship: Golf’s Long History and Hidden Beginnings

    ... it’s a sport in which – unlike other ancient games – death is somewhat unlikely, which might be one of the reasons it ... ball and club sport that descended from the ball and stick games of ancient eras around the globe. Ulama, The Mesoamerican Ball ...

    lizleafloor - 19/07/2018 - 14:17

  16. The Gladiators of Rome: Blood Sport in the Ancient Empire

    ... It has been suggested that the concept of gladiatorial games has its roots in the Etruscans, the predecessors of the Romans. In Etruscan society, gladiatorial games were supposed to be part of the funerary rituals honoring the dead. Thus, ...

    dhwty - 25/05/2018 - 01:47

  17. How Did She Do It? Cynisca, a Spartan Princess Who Won the Ancient Olympic Games

    ... Olympics, women couldn't even be spectators for most of the games. However, Agesilaus decided to change this discriminative tradition. He ... sister won races, the position of women in the Olympic Games would change forever. According to Sarah B. Pomeroy: ''Cynisca’s ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 19/03/2017 - 00:50

  18. The Great City of Uruk Became Sumerian Powerhouse of Technology, Architecture and Culture

    Home to Gilgamesh, Uruk was the major force of urbanization and state formation during the 4th millennium BC. In Epic of Gilgamesh, the king is said to have built the city’s monumental walls. There may be some truth to the legend, these walls, as well as other city structures, were actually unearthed by archaeologists.

    dhwty - 25/08/2018 - 21:14

  19. Evidence that Noah’s Ark Landed on a Mountain 17 Miles South of Ararat

    An illogical and unwarranted assumption prevails today relating to the landing spot of Noah’s ark. People—highly educated people—are sure that Noah’s ark landed on the remote and inaccessible heights of Mount Ararat, a 17,000-foot (5180 m) volcanic mountain in modern-day Turkey. The Book of Genesis does not say that the ark landed on Mount Ararat, but rather “on the mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4), meaning on a mountain somewhere within the range.

    Robert Bowie Johnson - 09/03/2018 - 23:01

  20. Wonder of the Ancient World: The Grand and Powerful Statue of Zeus

    ... It also remained the statue to whom the original Olympic Games were played in honor. According to legend, the altar of Zeus stood on ... not only the Temple of Zeus, but also hosted the Olympic Games.  They were first started in 776 BC and held every four years.  One ...

    Bryan Hill - 30/05/2015 - 21:45