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The Epic of Gilgamesh

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1. What river flows past Uruk?

2. How was The Epic of Gilgamesh preserved?

3. When did the real Gilgamesh live?

4. Why did the gods create Enkidu?

5. Who introduces Enkidu to civilization?

6. Who guards the Cedar Forest?

7. Why does Gilgamesh spurn Ishtar?

8. Which god supports Gilgamesh’s incursion into the Cedar Forest?

9.Gilgamesh dreams that a mountain falls on top of him and Enkidu. What does Enkidu say this dream foretells?

10. What does the Bull of Heaven bring to the city of Uruk?

11. Why does Enkidu curse the temple prostitute?

12. Why does Enkidu bless the temple prostitute?

13. What garments are the dead people wearing in Enkidu’s dream about the underworld?

14. Who is the queen of the underworld?

15. Why does Gilgamesh leave Uruk after Enkidu dies?

16. How does Gilgamesh get to the other side of the twin-peaked mountain called Mashu?

17. What are the Stone Things?

18. How does Urshanabi’s boat cross the Waters of Death?

19. What advice does Siduri the tavern keeper give to Gilgamesh?

20. How did Utnapishtim find out that the gods were planning to destroy the world with a flood?

21. What test does Utnapishtim give to Gilgamesh, to see if he is worthy of eternal life?

22. What is the name of the magical plant that Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh about?

23. Who steals the magical plant?

24. Who is Sin-Leqi-Unninni?

25. What fell through the hole in the floor of the Carpenter’s House? 

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Large amount of free information on Siduri at SidurisAdvice.con

by ProfessorPeter, September 19, 2013

Very nice article, although it should be noted that the Jacobsen 1949 translation of Siduri's Advice is far more popular:
"Gilgamesh, whither are you wandering? Life, which you look for, you will never find. For when the gods created man, they let death be his share, and life withheld in their own hands. Gilgamesh, fill your belly. Day and night make merry. Let days be full of joy, dance and make music day and night. And wear fresh clothes. And wash your head and bathe. Look at the child that is holding your hand, and let your wife del... Read more

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