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The Monument to Enkidu

— When do your friend’s features vanish from your memory? In a month, a year? Gilgamesh does not wish to bury Enkidu, but it is not the wrath of the gods that encourages him. The fury of the flies is enough; his friend’s body has become a playground for maggots and nothing more.

— At the last moment the ruler calls a sculptor and showers him with gold, begging him to carve Enkidu’s visage in stone. So that you recall, Gilgamesh, that there once was a man named Enkidu, your beloved brother.

— But now you cannot be sure if it was only a dream.