The epic of gilgamesh l m is an epic poem from ancient mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature the literary history of gilgamesh begins with five sumerian poems about bilgamesh sumerian for gilgamesh king of uruk dating from the third dynasty of ur c 2100 bcthese independent stories were later used as source . From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes the sparknotes the epic of gilgamesh study guide has everything you need to ace quizzes tests and essays. The epic of gilgamesh 3 prologue gilgamesh king in uruk i will proclaim to the world the deeds of gilgamesh this was the man to whom all things were known this was the king who knew the countries of the world he was wise he saw mysteries and knew secret things he brought us a tale of the days before the flood. The epics prelude offers a general introduction to gilgamesh king of uruk who was two thirds god and one third man he built magnificent ziggurats or temple towers surrounded his city with high walls and laid out its orchards and fields he was physically beautiful immensely strong and
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