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And so they travelled until they reached Uruk. There Gilgamesh the king said to the boatman: “Study the brickwork, study the fortification;climb the ancient staircase to the terrace;study how it is made; from the terrace see the planted and fallow fields, the ponds and orchards. One league is the inner city, another league is orchards; still another the fields beyond;over there is the precinct of the temple. . . . ,Three leagues and the temple precinct of Ishtar.”Measure Uruk, the city of Gilgamesh.
— Tablet XI.
Gilgamesh was the fifth king of Uruk, and the central figure of the Epic of Gilgamesh, considered by some to be the first novel ever written. Although he was of divine descent, the gods came to fear Gilgamesh's power, and instructed the wild man Enkidu to stop him. Enkidu fought against Gilgamesh, but the two found they were evenly matched, and forged an unbreakable friendship.

Later, the goddess Ishtar tried to seduce Gilgamesh, but was spurned. In revenge, Ishtar unleashed the Bull of Heaven upon Uruk. Gilgamesh and Enkidu managed to slay the Bull, but for killing the divine animal, the gods decreed that Gilgamesh must die. Enkidu sacrificed himself to save his friend, but Gilgamesh was left deeply traumatised.

Afraid of death, Gilgamesh ventured into the underworld to seek out Utnapishtim, the only human to have been gifted with immortality. Utnapishtim attempted to convince Gilgamesh of the need for death, but the king remained unconvinced. Finally, Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh of a plant hidden under the ocean that could grant eternal youth. Gilgamesh retrieved the plant, but it was eaten by a snake, which, according to the Sumerians, was why snakes were apparently able to remain forever young by shedding their skin.

Battle vs Samson (by CuchulainSetanta)Edit

On a desert plain, Samson is riding in his chariot when he spots something coming towards him. As he gets nearer, he sees it is Gilgamesh riding in his war wagon. The two circle each other, sizing each other up as they reach for their weapons. Finally, Samson readies his sling and hurls a stone at Gilgamesh. It misses the warrior king, but the force of the stone shatters the front wheel of the wagon. Gilgamesh, in turn, hurls his javelin, which Samson ducks under.

As Gilgamesh jumps out of his battered wagon, Samson grabs his kopesh and rides toward the king. Gilgamesh evades the strongman's slash, but Samson begins to come around for another pass. Gilgamesh hurries back to his wagon, and readies his war net. As Samson passes, Gilgamesh hurls the net and pulls Samson off his ride. He readies his spear to strike Samson dead, but before the blow comes, Samson rips the net apart and jumps to his feet.

Gilgamesh goes in for another thrust, but Samson breaks the spear in half with a mighty slam. Gilgamesh readies his bronze mace as Samson picks up a donkey's jawbone laying nearby. Both warriors close in, swinging their weapons at each other. They get in several ferocious hits before both strike at the same time, the weapons colliding in midair. Gilgamesh's mace smashes the donkey's jawbone into dust, leaving Samson unarmed. Undeterred, Samson tackles Gilgamesh to the ground, punching him in the head until Gilgamesh's face is a bloody pulp. Seeing his enemy is dead, Samson rises and gives a mighty shout.

Winner: Samson

Expert's OpinoinEdit

TBW

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Battle vs Odysseus (by MilenHD)Edit

The Battle starts as Odysseus and some of his crew member's boat,landed at abounded island.Odysseus jumped from the boat and spoke:

"My man,I think this is not Ithaca.Ithaca is not that rocky"

And he replied with:

"Farewell,we are going to make a camp to rest this night,the sea is dangerous in the dark night"

And Odysseus heard a sound and went to see what's going on,after some steps he climb a small rovk and saw two big and dark haired humans-Those were Enkidu and Gilgamesh.With no time to waste Odysseus pulled his bow and aimed at Gilgamesh,but after he released the string Enkidu jumped to save Gilgamesh,but he was pinned in the neck by the arrow.Seeing that Enkidu died,Gilgamesh turned and threw a javelin against the Ithacan king,missing him by few inches.Than Gilgamesh rushed at Odysseus with his spear.

Seeing the charging Gilgamesh,Odysseus threw his own javelin,missing Gilgamesh.Than his fired some arrows only piercing Gilgamesh's cow hide shield,but not hurting the Sumerian king.Than Gilgamesh striked Odysseus,but Ody blocked with his shield the blow and he pulled his battle axe and swung it several time at Gilgamesh,only making a horrible hole in gilgamesh's copper helmet.The Sumerian king stabbed his opponent with his spear in the leg,only to get his spear cutted in half,same as his cow-hide shield.But Gilgamesh pulled his mace and his stoke the shield denting it so hard,that even Odysseus arm was broken.Seeing that he is dealing with an super-human,Odysseus tried to take the mace by cutting the handle but,he wounded Gil's right arm making him to lose the mace.

Gilgamesh got really tired from the axe,and pulled his khopesh in his left arm,and began swinging it at Odysseus and he hooked Ody's axe,right from his arms.Beign shock by this weapon Odysseus had no chance except to pull xiphos,and both began dueling,with Odysseus more carefull because of his smaller blade.After having a brutal back and forth fight,Gilgamesh sliced Odysseus's leg,than he grabbed him by the neck,only to get stabbed in the stomach by Odysseus xiphos.The Sumerian king grab his wound,giving Odysseus a chance to kill him.

Then Odysseus charged and sliced Gilamesh's throat,killing him instantly.Seeing he is killed Odysseus roared in victory and raised his xiphos,and took Gil's khopesh as trophy.

Expert's OpinionEdit

While Gilgamesh was physically stronger and was better melee fighter,Odysseus better tactics and ranged combat,and better armor won this battle in the "Bronze Age version of Brains vs Brawns".

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Battle vs. Alexander the Great (by Urbancommando77)Edit

Gilgamesh rides through a plain in Macedona. Alexander is sitting in his camp with his ballista loaded and his gastrophetes drawn. He heres the sound of wheels and jumps up. He sees Gilgamesh on his chariot with his javelin aimed. Alexander rushes to his ballista and fires it. It stops the chariot in its tracks and gilgamesh falls off. Gilgamrsh throws his javelin, scraping alexanders shoulder. Alexander loads his gasrophetes and fires at him, hitting his arm. Gilgamesh throws another javelin, hitting alexander's leg. Gilgamesh pulls out his spear and charges at him. Alexander panicks and tries loading his gastrophetes but Gilgamesh stabs his arm. Alexander pulls out his xyston ans thrusts at him. Gilgamesh dodges it and knocks him down. Alexander pulls out his kopis and thrusts. It hits his arm. Gilgamesh throws his net over him and brakes Alexnaders arm. He runs to an edge of a cliff and waits for Alexnader. Alexander runs to him and knocks his mace out of his hand. Alexander thrusts his Kopis into Gilgamesh's chest.

Alexander roars and walks to his camp.

Expert's OpinionEdit

Alexander's weaponry was more advanced and his armour offered better protection, giving him an easy victory over Gilgamesh.

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