The June 3, 2021
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Often considered one of the oldest surviving epics, this story originated as five Sumerian poems in the 21st century BC, older versions are possible, but these are the oldest known. These poems were then compiled into an Akkadian epic. The oldest known version of this is called the "Old Babylonian Version" and dates from the 18th century BC. But the most complete versions we currently have are of the "Standard Babylonian Version" which was compiled by a man named Sîn-lēqi-unninni some timed between 1300 and 1000 BC.
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