Essay heading: Moses and Gilgamesh as Homeric Heroes

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Of the two, the more classical example lies in Gilgamesh. Possessed of great abilities and being a consummate and respected warrior among the Babylonian people, Gilgamesh is an excellent example of a Homeric Hero. One clear example of this being his assault on Humbaba. As Humbaba was about to finish off Enkidu, Gilgamesh simply walked up to Humbaba "with his ax raised high above his head watching the monster plead in strangled sobs and desperate appeals" (Mason 40)...
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One clear example of this being his assault on Humbaba. As Humbaba was about to finish off Enkidu, Gilgamesh simply walked up to Humbaba "with his ax raised high above his head watching the monster plead in strangled sobs and desperate appeals" (Mason 40). The warning stance of Gilgamesh alone was enough to turn the raging giant into a cowering and defeated weakling...
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