The Mesopotamians and Gilgamesh

July 14th, 2011 by Nate

Levi likes watching They Might be Giants videos.  We are doing Mesopotamian history this week.   As a fun introduction we played “The Mesopotamians” video.

Then Levi watched The Epic of Gilgamesh (warning: it has a passing indirect reference to sex.  Most kids won’t understand it).  It is an interesting series of videos retelling this classical tale of Gilgamesh.  Levi really enjoyed watching this video and learned much about the story of Gilgamesh and his best friend, Enkidu.  Gilgamesh goes on a quest for immortality after the death of Enkidu.  The story addresses the human wish for immortality and the futility of that quest.

We will continue to  do the introduction study of the Mesopotamians throughout the week and continue through history throughout the rest of the school year.