Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet V

Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet V

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source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Description

A photograph shows a small stone tablet with Babylonian text, pieced together from three separate fragments.


Date

Artifact: 21st–16th century BC

Photo: 2016


Information

This photograph shows a fragment of tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh. The fifth tablet of this epic tells the tale of the king Gilgamesh and the wild man Enkidu battling with and killing the giant Humbaba, guardian of the Cedar Forest. The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of history’s earliest references to wrestling, and likely the earliest of any sport.


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Bibliography

Anonymous, & George, A. (2003). The epic of Gilgamesh. Penguin Classics.Miller, C. (2004, May).