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The Epic of Gilgamesh: Quest for Immortality

Ep. 392

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest surviving works of storytelling in history. It begins with the tale of Gilgamesh’s friendship with the wild man Enkidu. But after Enkidu is killed, King Gilgamesh embarks on a journey into his distant past in search for immortality. 


In this episode of the Ancients, the second part of our series on the Epic of Gilgamesh, Dr Sophus Helle returns to speak to Tristan Hughes about Gilgamesh’s quest and his encounters with a mysterious sage called Ut-napishtim - who some claim may have been the inspiration behind the biblical figure of Noah & his famous Ark.


The first part of our Gilgamesh series, The Epic of Gilgamesh: Rise of Enkidu can be found here


This episode was produced by Joseph Knight and edited by Aidan Lonergan


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