I find it really cool that Baba Brinkman created a rap album of modernized descriptions of literary classics, though I can’t say I’m a fan of rap. The fact that I recognized some of these stories was a plus, but even for the ones I didn’t know as well had my attention.
Anyone even passingly interested in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, or the Canterbury Tales might want to try this out, though be warned, it’s still rap. So expect cursing and explicitness from it. Not that the Canterbury Tales by themselves are short on either.
Anyway, this is a great opportunity to bring up these works. So today’s post will focus on the Epic of Gilgamesh in particular, with posts on The Canterbury Tales and Beowulf coming up in the following weekends.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is mythologized story about a probably real king in the modern Iraq area, from the later 3rd millennium BC. There are several different versions, in various states of preservation, of the actual epic of Gilgamesh, dating to as late as the 1st millennium BC. They were written on clay tablets.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the only place I’m coming across Gilgamesh in pop culture. I’m also watching Fate/Zero, which is an anime being simulcast from Japan; I was really, really excited that the 23rd episode had him make a veiled reference to Enkidu, and I wasn’t the only one, judging by the comments I saw.