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Gender Masculine
Scripts 𒄑𒉈𒂵𒈩(Sumerian Cuneiform) 𒄑𒂆𒈦(Akkadian Cuneiform)
Pronounced Pron. GIL-gə-mesh(English)
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Meaning & History

Possibly means "the ancestor is a hero", from Sumerian 𒉋𒂵 (bilga) meaning "ancestor" and 𒈩 (mes) meaning "hero, young man". This was the name of a Sumerian hero, later appearing in the Akkadian poem the 'Epic of Gilgamesh'. Gilgamesh, with his friend Enkidu, battled the giant Humbaba and stopped the rampage of the Bull of Heaven, besides other adventures. Gilgamesh was probably based on a real person: a king of Uruk who ruled around the 27th century BC.

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