More than Might: Gilgamesh and Rethinking Acceptable Power in Ancient Mesopotamia

written September 2009 The corrupting influence of power is older than the ancient peoples of Mesopotamia,and the Epic of Gilgamesh provides a window into this ancient struggle over what is acceptable kingly leadership and what, if any, responsibilities does a king have for his subjects? Gilgamesh follows the (possible) maturation process of Uruk’s young ruler,…