Casa Árabe de Madrid offers this evening, at 7:30 p.m., a dramatized reading based on the Sumerian story Epic of Gilgamesh. Reading in Spanish.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest known Mesopotamian literary work, one of the most important archaeological findings of the 19th century. The authorship of the poem is attributed to the Assyrian scribe Sin-leqi-unninni. The central theme is the treatment of life and death in poetic form. The cornerstones of the Mesopotamian faith are found in this story, which refers to the separation of the human and the divine, the nature of human mortality and the servitude to the gods. The expert historians in Mesopotamia refer to Gilgamesh as the first tragic hero. The poem constitutes the first verses of humanity.