The Epic of Gilgamesh


in the prologue, gligamesh is portraed as a king-tryant, but later he becomes a king- hero. accoring to this, jow was a king supposed to behave in sumerian culture?

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As the story begins, Gilgamesh is a tyrannical leader who shows little regard for his people. He takes what he wants from them and works them to death constructing the walls of Uruk. He sleeps with brides on their wedding night, before their husbands. It is said that no one can resist his power. Note, Gilgamesh has no equal, and no one can stand up to him. Gilgamesh’s lineage establishes him as one-third mortal and two-thirds a god. Thus, the old men of Uruk complain and appeal to the gods for help.

Gilgamesh was expected to conduct himself like a great leader and ruler. Heroic men, kings or not, put the safety and welfare of others before themselves. They better their kingdoms for the benefit of their people. They protect their women; they do not rape them. They expect their people to work, but their people are not made to work themselves to death.