Both of them are epic heroes that belong to the oral tradition of a heroic age. Moreover, among similarities and differences, Gilgamesh can be described as a semi-historical figure, who probably ruled the Sumerian city of Uruk, two-thirds god and one third man; he was blessed with beauty, wisdom and courage. While Achilles can also be described as part-god and part-man; he was a strong and wise warrior; however, Achilles is more psychologically different to Gilgamesh, because of the human emotions he exhibits such as anger, love, rage, and grief. Another difference between the two epics is that the epic of Gilgamesh has as theme the quest of everlasting life, while, the Iliad has the theme of individual honor and glory.


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