Notice the strong walls of our city of Uruk! These walls were built by Gilgamesh on a foundation created in ancient times by the seven wise men, who brought great knowledge to our land. The top of our outer wall shines with the brightness of copper, but it is made of burnt brick. Now study the inner walls of our city. Examine the fine brickwork. These walls, too, surpass all others! No human being, not even a king, will ever be able to construct more impressive walls than Gilgamesh built around our city of Uruk! Now approach the majestic Temple of Anu and Ishtar. No mortal, not even a king, will ever be able to build a structure as beautiful as the one Gilgamesh created! Climb up and walk upon the walls of Uruk. Examine the fine brickwork. Admire the majestic Temple of Anu and Ishtar. Gaze upon one man's supreme achievement!
Who was the Gilgamesh who built these walls of lasting fame? Who was the Gilgamesh
who built this most majestic temple? Gilgamesh was the renowned king of the city of Uruk. To
his people, Gilgamesh was a tyrant who became a great hero.
Gilgamesh left his city to learn how to avoid death, and he returned having learned how to
live. In the course of his travels he saw everything throughout the land. Because he thought
about what he had seen, he came to know everything that makes a person wise.
When Gilgamesh returned, he inscribed his travels and his thoughts upon stone tablets and
placed these tablets on the strong walls of Uruk. He described the time before and during the
great flood. He described his long, tiring journey in search of everlasting life. And he revealed
the hidden mysteries of life and death that he had discovered. He wanted his knowledge to
help his people improve their lives.