The New Yorker - Gilgamesh   

This illustration accompanies a review written by Joan Acocella of the new edition of what it is believed the oldest poem on record Gilgamesh:"The Life of a Poem".

Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, a semi-god stronger than any human, stares at the rising sun form the top of his palace, beside him a lion (symbol of strength) as in all historic representations.
It takes all the poem and endless adventures to Gilgamesh to understand how to be a good king, now, before everyone is awake, he finally look at his city with responsibility..

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