Carol Rizzolo is one of SSILL’s most requested speakers. She returns to the library to discuss “The Epic of Gilgamesh” in a five-part series. Written on 12 clay tablets, the Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature. Gilgamesh was the king of Uruk, an ancient Sumerian city near the Euphrates, circa 2700 BC. Compared to many mythologies we have, Gilgamesh was an actual historical figure. Two-thirds god and one-third man, Gilgamesh was worshipped as the supreme king and, after his death, was worshipped as the Lord of the Underworld.
The stories of his life on earth are stories of power and majesty and include many insights into the beliefs and riturals of our ancient ancestors. Gilgamesh was given knowledge of how to worship the gods, why death was ordained for human beings, what makes a good king, and how to live a good life.
This series co sponsored by the library and SSIL.
Please register and plan to attend all five sessions: April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30