Before the great flood, the god Ea tells Utnapishtim to build an enormous boat to preserve mankind. Ea is also the god who criticizes Enlil for sending the flood as an excessive punishment for mankind’s noisy cities. Ea enforces his idea of a correct relationship between gods and men, while Enlil violates this relationship by ordering mankind’s destruction.
The timeline below shows where the character Ea appears in The Epic of Gilgamesh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 5: The Story of the Flood