The Epic of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh Symbols

Gates and Doors

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, gates and doors serve not just as physical entrances to new spaces, but also as spiritual ones. Enkidu’s entrance into Uruk through the city’s gates symbolizes his complete…

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Water

Water is a source of both rejuvenation and destruction in the Epic. It is neither good nor evil, but simply a force and representation of the gods’ will and the cycle of birth and…

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The Snake

As in the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, the snake in the Epic of Gilgamesh is a symbol of trickery and deception. Near the end of his long journeys, Gilgamesh has finally acquired the…

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