Aug 30 2021
Macnas’s inspired retelling of the ancient epic from the Middle East, to be screened on September 12
Gilgamesh, the story of the ancient hero-king from the Middle East, and brilliantly reimagined by Macnas, will be screened as a short film in the Town Hall Theatre next week.
The Epic Of Gilgamesh dates back c4,000 years. It is older than The Iliad and The Odyssey, and may have influenced both. It parallels stories in The Bible, and is the oldest surviving piece of literature in the world.
It was written in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq and Kuwait ), and is the story of the King or Uruk, Gilgamesh; his rivalry, then friendship, with the wild man, Enkidu; and their epic adventure, encountering gods, kings, and monsters, across southern Iraq, the Lebanon, and southern Turkey.
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