Graphic Descriptions of Womanhood in The Epic of Gilgamesh
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...Womanhood in The Epic of Gilgamesh
The ancient Mesopotamian poem of Gilgamesh has been revered, since its rediscovery in the nineteenth century, as a literary masterpiece. It is somewhat disappointing that its portrayal of women, however, differs little from a more modern ideal of womanhood: for one example, the lament in Tablet VIII, “may the brothers go into mourning over you like sisters,” suggests that women were assumed to be more emotional than men, something that is widely accepted now. This essay will look at the more graphic descriptions of women in the epic, namely the images of appearance, sex, and birth, to suggest some ideas about a lot of women in ancient... Graphic Descriptions of...