with Kim Rodgers
The Rest of the Story
We began class by working on our maps of the Mesopotamian region, labeling the bodies of water and the two areas of Assyria and Babylonia. Following up on what we started at the end of class last week, we re-read Gilgamesh the King.
Working in their groups, they wrote an ending to the story before I read the actual ending. We left Gilgamesh and Enkidu on the top of the city wall about to engage in battle with each other to show who was most powerful. Both groups drew pictures and wrote out their endings. Interestingly, both groups concluded their stories with the two adversaries becoming friends, which actually happens in the story, as well. Gilgamesh realizes that part of being human is to love.
Next week we will discuss how the ancient Mesopotamians made their own cloth by weaving and will try our hand at it, too!