Re: Immortalism: The epic of Gilgamesh

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Thu Oct 12 2000 - 08:19:09 MDT

From: "zeb haradon" <>

>I was surprised to learn that the earliest peice of literature in
>existence deals with the quest for human immortality on Earth.
>It's "The Epic of Gilgamesh", preserved in Cuneiform in clay
>tablets, readable but fragmented in parts. It's about a king whose
>best friend dies. He realizes he will die eventually too, and goes
>on a quest to search for the secret to immortality. It's from
>about 2000 BC. The stuff which is not about his immortality quest
>is interesting too. I'm going to name my first child "Gilgamesh".
>The whole text of the Epic:
>Summarized versions with info:

Thanks for the reminder, to bad the story of Gilgamesh wasn't a

One tip though, if you're really so hot on the idea of Gilgamesh as
a name, change you're own, and spare your kid ALOT of playground


Extropy Institute,
Adler Planetarium
Life Extension Foundation,
National Rifle Association,, 1.800.672.3888
Mars Society,
Ameritech Data Center Chicago, IL, Local 134 I.B.E.W

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