Epic of Gilgamesh: Origin, Subject and Function

Date of Publication: December 31, 2002

Author: Mark Oppenneer

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This essay explores The Epic of Gilgamesh by fielding what Robert A. Segal, in his Theorizing About Myth, calls the “three major questions [that] can be asked of myth: what is its subject matter, what is its origin, and what is its function?” In an effort to render a holistic interpretation of Gilgamesh, the essay employs and critiques a variety of methodological approaches.

This resource was suggested by Mark Oppenneer

About Mark Oppenneer:

I am a Joseph Campbell Foundation Working Associate serving as CTO for the organization. I hold an MS in Communication & Rhetoric from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MALS in Mythology & Oral Traditions from Empire State College, and a BA in English Education from the University at Albany.