However shocking and unusual the ancient story of Gilgamesh may seem at first, it is actually the archetypical Epic. It recounts the Hero’s Journey.
There are many elements in an epic. For instance, in an epic, the protagonist (hero), is described as a person who is larger than life. The prologue announces that Gilgamesh “...crossed the vast ocean, sailed to the rising sun, journeyed to the edge of the world, in the search of eternal life.” (71). This shows me that Gilgamesh is larger than life, because no normal human being would be able to do all that and survive.
Something that I have been interested in learning more about has been the Spartan way of life. I remember my brother and I were talking about it the other day, but I didn't have time to research it. Lately, the this topic has caught my eye again. I know that many people feel that Spartans are the best soldiers in history. From what I have heard, The Spartans were more than just being the best soldiers even though that was one of their focuses.