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In the collection of heroic stories, Gilgamesh, who is often accompanied by his friend Enkidu, experiences mythological adventures. For example, he goes in search of eternal life, or he fights a duel with supernatural creatures sent to Uruk by the gods. In addition, he confronts himself with existential questions concerning, among other things, the awareness of mortality. 
The epic is one of the oldest examples of literature in human history. The stories were passed down orally for centuries and later frequently written down in cuneiform script. The definitive version is thought to date from the twelfth century BC, but older fragments date back to the third millennium. 
Together with Mesut Alp, archaeologist and expert on Mesopotamia, Mesut Arslan rewrote the epic and excavated a number of contemporary core themes from it. Arslan and Alp treat the encounter between Enkidu and Gilgamesh as one that pits nature against civilisation, Homo Sapiens against Neanderthals, and time against space. 

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