Episode R9 – The Flood

“Surpassing all kings, powerful and tall

beyond all others, violent, splendid,
a wild bull of a man, unvanquished leader,
hero in the front lines, beloved of his soldiers –
fortress they called him, protector of the people,
raging flood that destroys all defenses…” – the Epic of Gilgamesh 
George Smith’s 1872 discovery of the Mesopotamian Flood tablet won him widespread acclaim.  Four years later, his ill-timed expedition to Nineveh would end in tragedy.

2 thoughts on “Episode R9 – The Flood

  1. In the Original Series: Sargon the Great episode (2, I think), you mentioned that Sargon's daughter compiled an Epic of Gilgamesh. In Rediscovered, it sounds like our earliest complete versions date from Amorite Babylon or even Neo-Assyria. I could research myself, of course, but I'm curious what your sources are and if you now think Sargon's reign is too early to have the epic written down.

  2. Hi! In Episode 3 I mentioned that Sargon the Great's daughter, Enheduanna, was the first "named' author in history. She didn't compose anything about Gilgamesh, but is mainly known for writing 42 hymns to all the major cities/deities in her father's newly-won empire. There's a pretty good Wikipedia entry on her if you want to learn more. Take care – Scott C.

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