Stone Artifact: Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet V

Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet V

Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet V

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author: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

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


Artifact: 21st–16th century BC

Photo: 2016


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