Monday, October 6, 2014

Gilgamesh/Enkidu meet Kirk/Spock

Orange Crate Art pointed me toward the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh [links to text] from c. 4,000 years ago––the ur-bromance, one might say. The hero Gilgamesh has a dream, which his goddess mother interprets as foretelling the coming of a friend, Enkidu, whom he will love "like a wife"
... but only after they fight, kiss, and make up. 

Naturally I thought of the "Amok Time" episode of Star Trek, where Spock in a fit of madness battles Kirk and kills him, or so he thinks. This leads to his expression of love, when he finds the captain is alive after all.

So I put together a fast & dirty little mashup of lines from the Epic of Gilgamesh and Star Trek's "Amok Time" for your pleasure and for my distraction the night before I start MY NEW JOB...!

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Michael Leddy said...


In the The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature, excerpts from the Gilgamesh story are the first texts.

Michael Leddy said...

No, make that: Hilarious!

Fresca said...

It ranks an exclamation point? I am honored!

bink said...

It's so fun to review historical and mythic texts with you. Ah, yes, I remember Gigamesh from college days... so long, long ago. If only I'd had this to show my teacher and score brownie points.