The Epic of Gilgamesh: Death and the Education of a Tyrant

By Khalil Habib.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper examines the role of death in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the manner in which Gilgamesh, who begins the story as a tyrant, is civilized once he faces his own mortality. His struggle against his own oblivion forms the basis of his friendship with Enkidu and his own transformation into a beneficent ruler.

Keywords: Gilgamesh, Immortality, Self-knowledge, Philosophy

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.15-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 553.692KB).

Dr. Khalil Habib

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy, Salve Regina University, Saunderstown, Rhode Island, USA

Dr. Habib teaches philosophy at Salve Regina University, Newport Rhode Island. He specializes in classical and early modern political philosophy and Islamic thought. In addition to his work on classical philosophy and Islam, his research and teaching focuses on the origins of liberalism, the philosophical foundations of modernity, and the divide between ancient and modern political philosophy. Prior to coming to Salve Regina University, Professor Habib taught at Brandeis and Boston University.


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