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— The gods are quarrelsome, that we may say for certain. But in Uruk there is only one ruler, an unquestionable lord, and he sowed chaos and anger among the people.

— The autocrat Gilgamesh wallows in his might and luxury, but then the power begins to bore him. All riches eventually start to seem hollow, and this emptiness must be filled. Gilgamesh thus gladly watches both his stock of knives and his organ swell, beyond all measure.

— Both tools are impressive in size. Hard to say which more enrages his subjects.

— A brother’s grave is a shelter, but he who has defiled his sister shall have no stone where he lies. They groan as they soar heavenward, the gods are growing furious with the ruler.

— The gods are displeased when men resemble them.