life and its ordeals

Life has its challenges and events that shape who you are throughout the journey. Overcoming challenges such as that in the epic of Gilgamesh required power, friendship, love, family, and religion.

The Crown of Rudolf II, later Crown of the Austrian Empire, Jan Vermeyen, 1602, From the collection of: Treasury, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Gilgamesh is king and ruler of Uruk. The gods favor him and he is proposed by Ishtar to get married. Gilgamesh had the power to say no to a god.
The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge, Thomas Cole, 1829, From the collection of: Smithsonian American Art Museum
The sun god reflecting the beautiful image of the earth. In The Epic of Gilgamesh. Shamash the sun god plays an important role for Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh worships Shamash and may be a motivation for Gilgamesh to proceed in his actions.
Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves ("The Three Crosses"), Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1653, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
In the Complete Persepolis, religion played an important role in Iranian culture. Women were required to wear a veil because of religion.
Statue of a Family Group, Unknown, ca. 2371-2298 B.C.E., From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
In the Com0plete Persepolis, Marjane's family was important to her. This statue represents a family group. When Marjane became homeless she went back to her family.
Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1867, From the collection of: National Gallery of Victoria
Shamhat could represent a form of power because she seduced Enkido and he followed her lead to were Gilgamesh was. Enkido did not have the will to oppose her because he slept with her for seven days and seven nights. He felt loved.
Young Man Carrying an Old Man on His Back, c. 1514, Raphael, 1514, From the collection of: Albertina
Enkido and Gilgamesh are both heroes because they defeated the bull that was summoned from the gods.
Egypt, Walter Sanders, 1956, From the collection of: LIFE Photo Collection
Egyptian kings were in the highest position of power and believed that after death they would still reign in a position of power. In both the Complete Persepolis and Epic of Gilgamesh there was always someone in power.
Friendship, Thi Khanh Linh, 2003, From the collection of: The International Museum of Children's Art
The journey that both Gilgamesh and Marjane went through was epic. This picture represents friendship. Friendhip played a vital role in their journeys and without it they would have both died.
Turn in the Road, Paul Cézanne, about 1881, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
In the Complete Persepolis the government was dropping bombs in its own territory. This picture symbolizes metaphorically a turn for the worse. The town was stable until the government stepped in during war time.
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