The Epic of Gilgameshwas dated to have occured between 2750 and 2500 BCE. King of Uruk, Gilgamesh was a ruler that people felt used his power in a negative way by taking their children and sleeping with other men’s wives. The Lord of Uruk cried to Anu god of Uruk about the things that Gilgamesh was doing and then Anu went to Aruru the god of creation and asked if she would create Gilgamesh’s equal. She conceived noble Enkidu who was created to battle the King of Uruk after the battle Enkidu realized Gilgamesh’s strength and became friends. Together the two of them go on journeys to defeat two poweerful people one being Humbaba and the second Bull of Heaven.
The great storm god Enlil caused the Babylonian flood to punish mankind and it killed many men, women, and children. Utnapishtim and his wife were granted immortalilty after they survived the great flood and Gilgamesh was also trying to seek the same thing. Utnapishtim and his wife survived because he built a boat similar to Noah’s Ark. The people of Uruk believed in many gods that all had different powers. Some of the gods were Inanna which was the fertility god, Dumuzi which was the god of vegitation, and Ereshkigal which was the queen of the underworld. The Uruk citizens raised cattle and also famred in order to provide for their families and with the help of the rivers their agriculture thrived.