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Epic of Gilgamesh






We learn about ancient civilizations through literature, artifacts, and stories passed
down from generation to generation. The Mesopotamian civilization is one of earth’s
earliest civilizations, and it’s also one we know very little about. We can gather
information about these people’s way life, beliefs, and geographical location. The
Epic of Gilgamesh, a literary work from this time period, shows us several important
pieces of information that helps us understand this ancient civilization. This epic shows
us the Mesopotamian peoples belief system, their views on death, and their description of
the after life.

The Mesopotamian people believed in a higher being, like most civilizations have for
centuries. Their belief system consisted of many gods, each representing an aspect of
Mesopotamian life. From the Epic of Gilgamesh we learn that they believed that the gods
are the creators of everything around them. This is seen in this epic with the creation of
Enkindu, by the goddess of creation, Aruru. We also can conclude that the god of the
heavens, Anu, ruled the gods. The Mesopotamian people also had gods for death, love, and
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