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Enkidu, the Prophet Amos, Karl Marx, and Barack Obama: What Do the Gilgamesh Epic, the Bible, the Communist Manifesto, and The Audacity of Hope Have in Common?

Toward the end of Book One of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu has moved from a Tarzan-like wild state, living in nature without knowledge of human females, to now living with a woman in a rural setting, among shepherds, where … Continue reading

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From Greenpeace Man to Neoconservative Man: Enkidu, in the Gilgamesh Epic, Gets Religion

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu is a hairy Dionysian wild man whose power, and ability to instill terror in lesser mortals, is equal to that of his civilized Apollonian opposite, Gilgamesh. At least that’s how his story starts. In Book … Continue reading

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