The myth states that Inanna traveled to Eridu and was given the one hundred Mes, which were the gifts of culture such as truth and justice, as well as practical skills such as weaving and pottery-making. Though Enki regretted his drunken decision to release the Mes to her and sent mighty sea monsters to stop her boat as it sailed the Euphrates, she was able to defeat them and bring the knowledge back to Uruk.
GILGAMESH went abroad in the world, but he met with none who couldwithstand his arms till be came to Uruk. But the men of Uruk mutteredin their houses, 'Gilgamesh sounds the tocsin for his amusement, hisarrogance has no bounds by day or night. No son is left with hisfather, for Gilgamesh takes them all, even the children; yet the kingshould be a shepherd to his people. His lust leaves no virgin to herlover, neither the warrior's daughter nor the wife of the noble; yetthis is the shepherd of the city, wise, comely, and resolute.'
Gilgamesh = 2/3 god + 1/3 man; Enkudu = 2/3 animal + 1/3 man
Gilgamesh saw a well of cool water and he went down and bathed; butdeep in the pool there was lying a serpent, and the serpent sensed thesweetness of the flower. It rose out of the water and snatched it away,and immediately it sloughed its skin and returned to the well. ThenGilgamesh sat down and wept, the tears ran down his face, and he tookthe hand of Urshanabi; 'O Urshanabi, was it for this that I toiled withmy hands, is it for this I have wrung out my heart's blood? For myselfI have gained nothing; not I, but the beast of the earth has joy of itnow. Already the stream has carried it twenty leagues back to thechannels where I found it. I found a sign and now I have lost it. Letus leave the boat on the bank and go.'
Gilgamesh and the people of Uruk treat her as a minor annoyance.
Utanapishtim, the survivor of the great flood who was made immortal, tells Gilgamesh immortality isn't for humans and he should get over his crazy wish of living forever.
Epic of Gilgamesh - Other Ancient Civilizations - …
Sensing the pattern yet?Utanapishtim offers Gilgamesh a test: if Gilgamesh can stay awake for seven nights, he will give Gilgamesh the immortality he wants.
Epoch of Gilgamesh - Crystalinks
Looks like Gilgamesh the has to come to terms with death and content himself instead with the beauty and majesty of his mighty kingdom — which will be remembered forever.
The story centers on a friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu
He was merry living with the shepherds, till one day lifting hiseyes he saw a man approaching. He said to the harlot, 'Woman, fetchthat man here. Why has he come? I wish to know his name.' She went andcalled the man saying, 'Sir, where are you going on this wearyjourney?' The man answered, saying to Enkidu, 'Gilgamesh has gone intothe marriage-house and shut out the people. He does strange things inUruk, the city of great streets. At the roll of the drum work beginsfor the men, and work for the women. Gilgamesh the king is about tocelebrate marriage with the Queen of Love, and he still demands to befirst with the bride, the king to be first and the husband to follow,for that was ordained by the gods from his birth, from the time theumbilical cord was cut. But now the drums roll for the choice of thebride and the city groans.' At these words Enkidu turned white in theface. 'I will go to the place where Gilgamesh lords it over the people,I will challenge him boldly, and I will cry aloud in Uruk, "I have cometo change the old order, for I am the strongest here."