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what is the name of the oldest story we know of?

the epic of gilgamesh


where was the epic of gilgamesh first told?



tell me about the story of gilgamesh

gilgamesh was a strong, but cruel king. anu, the sky god, sent down enkidu, a half-man half-animal. at first gilgamesh and enkidu fought, but then they became friends. later, gilgamesh wanted to find the secret of eternal life. he tried to stay awake for a whole week, but that didn't work, so then he tried to pick a magic plant from the bottom of the sea...but a snake ate it. gilgamesh grew old and died like everyone else.