The Epic of Gilgamesh

Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Texts
Students compare flood stories from Gilgamesh and the book of Genesis. Includes handouts.

Gilgamesh: He Who Saw All
The discussion questions and activities on this page were designed for elementary students; some may be adaptable for older students.

Multi-Media Hero Analysis
Students will recognize the positive character traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature. The class will break into groups and write a working definition of a hero which they will present to the class. Students will discuss multi-media representations of heroes as well as cultural differences among who is considered a hero. The teacher will provide various works of art depicting heroes, and the students will choose one hero to research for an essay.

A Story of Epic Proportions: What makes a Poem an Epic?
This lesson will introduce students to the epic poem form and to its roots in oral tradition. Students will learn about the epic hero cycle and will learn how to recognize this pattern of events and elements- even in surprisingly contemporary places. Students will also be introduced to the patterns embedded in these stories that have helped generations of storytellers remember these immense poems. This lesson is designed for middle school students.

Teaching the Epic of Gilgamesh
Approaches to teaching the epic, with journal prompts, activities, and a bibliography of texts and sites.