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What does The Epic of Gilgamesh reveal about the Babylonian relationship with their rulers?

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The Epic of Gilgamesh shows us that the relationship between ruler and ruled in ancient Babylonia was akin to that of master and slave. At the beginning of the poem, Gilgamesh is presented as a cruel and vicious tyrant, almost psychopathic in his utter contempt for human life and dignity. Yet the subjects who groan under the lash of his despotic rule have...

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