There are so many fun visual elements in the Gilgamesh story. I think it would make a terrific graphic novel, like 300.
One lively part is when Ishtar, the Goddess of Love, wants Gilgamesh for her boyfriend. Gilgamesh says no, Ishtar gets steamed and asks the other gods to send the Bull of Heaven down to Earth to destroy him (am I the only one who thinks it really funny that the gods worry about the Bull leaving giant-sized cow-flops all over the landscape? I am? Oh). Gilgamesh and Enkidu have to fight for their lives against the Bull. For the ancient Sumerians, the Bull of Heaven was/is a constellation—a group of stars. Thousands of years later we still call that constellation ‘Taurus’—Latin for ‘Bull.’
Hey, look at Douglas De La Hoz’ interpretation of the Gilgamesh story!
Lynnie McIlvain shows us some parallels between Gilgamesh and Homer’s epics and the Bible—
I realize now I should have put horns on my Enkidu character design.
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