Chapter: The Invention Of Writing And The Earliest Literatures
Welcome to the Epic of Gilgamesh. It's gonna be a long and bumpy ride, as this will be Lit Brick's first full-scale adaption since Twelfth Night - and it's gonna be a lot more detailed. We're talkin' something in the ballpark of eighty strips. Why? Because Gilgamesh is just chock full of crazy, and I wanna riff on it all. So, y'know, you'll have to deal with a lack of variety for *does math* twenty weeks? It'll be great, trust me.
If you're unfamiliar with the Epic of Gilgamesh, it's one of the oldest surviving works of literature in history, dating back nearly four THOUSAND years, to the 18th Century BC. To emphasize just how old this is, note that most of it is CHISELED INTO STONE. Prior to Gilgamesh, most of the stuff people bothered to write down (y'know, after INVENTING how to write stuff down) were instructional pamphlets, religious ceremonies, or simple bookkeeping notes. Gilgamesh was, more or less, the first time someone had the bright idea to write down fictional tales that had previously been reserved for oral storytellers.
Which is to say, it's important. It's also batcrap insane.
Author: Some Dude In Ancient Mesopotamia • Year: c. 1900 BC • Info:Wikipedia
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