University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Ake W. Sjoberb

“Trials of Strength”

Athletics in Mesopotamia

By: Ake W. Sjoberb

Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk (modern Warka in southern Iraq), was on his way to the place where a couch had been prepared for the “sacred marriage” between him and the goddess Ishhara. When he approached the place where this wed­ding was to be performed, Enkidu, who had been sent into Uruk to compete with […]