We’ve been barreling through our history program, doing a chapter a week since we started in January. I envisioned us taking this a bit slower, especially since we’re doing this a bit more early than designed. We did finally slow down a bit this month, savoring history and its stories with read-alouds and such. The next few weeks we’ll be studying the ancient cultures of India, China and Africa. SOTW  covers each of these in one lesson, or one week each. We may continue the slower pace a bit for the next month, and do more read-alouds/activities. After that, it will be back to Egypt, covering the Middle and New Kingdoms of Egypt.

Last week we covered Assyria and then finally the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Gilgamesh is not all fairy tale, he actually was a real king living in Sumer a long time ago. Parts of the story are fantastical though, but it is such a great story. I highly recommend this 3-part series  (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) by Ludmila Zeman – Gilgamesh the King, Revenge of Ishtar, and The Last Quest of Gilgamesh.

Here’s some random pages, it is beautifully illustrated.

Satori has fallen in love with this story and has declared this one of her favorite books. A few weeks ago I would have said this was the oldest-known written story in the world, but then I discovered the 5000 year old story of Lugalbanda, who is most likely Gilgamesh’s father, according to the Sumerian king list. This story was not translated until the 1970’s and so is not quite as well known. So this week, we will be reading the book Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War: An Epic Tale From Ancient Iraq by Kathy Henderson.

Here is a drawing of Enkidu  (drawn by Satori). Enkidu was a hairy beast-man that became Gilgamesh’s friend. Here is Enkidu when he was still wild, with hair all over his body and horns on his head like an animal. He then was taught the ways of man, and shaved his hair, learned how to eat, drink, walk, and dress like a human.