The ancient Gilgamesh epic was written on
clay tablets which are now in the
Tablet Room at the
The epic was written in the Akkadian language using
cuneiform script. Cuneiform script is written and read from
left to right.
The Gilgamesh story begins and ends
in ancient Mesopotamia, in the city of Uruk.
Hidden beneath Uruk’s city wall, so the story says, is a
with a bronze clasp. Inside this copper box is a
lapis lazuli tablet.
‘Behold the tablet box of copper.
Release the clasp of bronze.
Take out the tablet of lapis lazuli, and hear the tale of Gilgamesh,
all that he endured.’