BC: Postgate, J N. Early Mesopotamia. Taylor & Francis, 1992. Google Book Search. Google. 21 Apr. 2009
FC: Epic of Gilgamesh By: Jennifer, Jennifer, Chris, and Max
1: The author is anonymous. The poem is written in the Akkadian language. There were eleven tablets with a fragmented appendix on a twelfh tablet. | General Information
2: Although the poem's author remains unknown, the main character is a non-fictional king. | Background Information
3: The poem's main character is Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk. | The setting of the poem takes place in Mesopotamia.
4: Mesopotamia | The story takes place in Mesopotamia; it is said to be located somewhere close to modern day Iraq. | The Mesopotamians were also known as Sumerians.
5: Mesopotamia was an abundant land full of fertile soil thanks to the two rivers feeding it year-round. | These rivers were the Tigris and the Euphrates which ran straight through the country.
6: Sumerian Society: The Mesopotamian People | Religion: | The religion of Mesopotamia was an intricate part of the daily life of a citizen of Sumer.
7: The | The most important structure in the Sumerian city was the temple, known as the ziggurat. | The people worshipped a number of dieties who either had spots in the main temple or had smaller temples dedicated to them.
8: The Sumerians also operated granaries, mills, and bakeries inside the temples. | Even more suprisingly, the temples served as an educational facility for math and scribing. | Sumerian teachers were called ummia.
9: Sumerian Daily Life | Mesopotamia's income was mainly based off of the agriculture that grew off of its replete lands. | The farmers raised all sorts of livestock and grew many types of vegetation which depended on the time of year.
10: Types of Crops and Livestock | The types of crops grown in Mesopotamia included flax, leeks, onions, spices, herbs, grapes, and other fruits. | The domestic animals of Mesopotamia included cattle, oxen, sheep, and goats.
11: The Family | A typical Sumerian family consisted of a father, a mother, and children. | The Sumerian society was considered a patriarchy, meaning that the father held the power. | The husbands were allowed to choose a second wife if the first wife was barren. The father could also give up his children as slaves to pay off a debt.
12: The People, Their Culture, and Their Occupations | Doctors were known as a-zus. | Doctors used magic, surgery, and medicine. | Doctors used the environment as their pharmacy. They utilized both plant and animal.
13: As said before, most of the people were farmers. | But some other occupations were: government officials, professional military, priests, shopkeepers, farmers, merchants, hired laborers, and slaves. | The three social classes existed as a caste system and they were the amelu, the mishkinu, and the slaves.
14: The Military Force And Gods | Although the military protected the community, the people only trusted the gods with their safety. | The various gods fulfilled all of the people's needs, and the communitie's strong faith is what the book is based upon.
15: The book is strictly legend but contains non-fictional characters. Although the truth is extended on these particular people. | The various gods do not just provide solace for the people, but make for an exciting story as well.