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Compare and contrast Odysseus from the Odyssey with Gilgamesh from The Epic of Gilgamesh. Whom do you feel is more heroic and why?

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Gilgamesh and Odysseus are two of the famous heroes of the Ancient World, with Gilgamesh emerging from Mesopotamia while Odysseus emerges from Ancient Greece.

Like many ancient heroes, both Odysseus and Gilgamesh are kings. (Gilgamesh is king of Uruk whereas Odysseus is king of Ithaca.) Likewise, both are men of superhuman ability. Each travels widely, and in the course of their traveling, each displays those superhuman capabilities. Both are also capable of tremendous brashness.

There are differences between the two also. As brash as Odysseus can be (his taunting of...

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