The Epic of Gilgamesh: Crash Course World Mythology #26

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Meet a scary demon named Humbaba in the 26th installment of the 41-episode Crash Course World Mythology series. Scholars learn about The Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient Mesopotamian poem. Viewers also consider how the epic relates to Joseph Campbell's theory of the hero's journey.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils read excerpts from a modern translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh 
  • Invite groups to research and share about an aspect of ancient Mesopotamian life 
Classroom Considerations

  • Mentions rape and includes some violent content 
Pros

  • Useful pictures and graphics help viewers understand the content
  • Contains humor, puns, and sarcasm to keep it interesting
Cons

  • None