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both inrevene with mortals, favor certain mortals

Poseidon and Enlil

vengeful gods


trojan war, trials on journey home


wall of Uruk, story of the flood, Humbaba

main characters

kings and heroes, both on quests, godlike qualities, great deeds, both had sidekicks

epic narrative

plot lasts throughout a long period of time and over a vast scope of territory


helps Odysseus kill the suitors


helps Gilgamesh kill Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven


symbol of evil; uncivilized, lacks hospitality, dangerous to men, giant


symbol of evil; evil forest, uncivilized, giant

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