The Wrestlers

Wrestling played an important part in the lives of the young men at the time of this epic poem. However, the people of Uruk grew weary of Gilgamesh, their King, regularly beating their young men.

They sought help from the gods. The sky god, Anu, commands Aruru, a mother goddess, to create an equal to Gilgamesh with whom he can strive. She fashions Enkidu, a ‘wild man’ from clay, who does match Gilgamesh’s strength and becomes the companion and counterpart in many adventures.

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