Ancient Sumer Guided Reading Scripts
These five scripts (6 speakers each) are approximately 5 minutes reading time each, with following quiz and suggested discussion themes.
Play 1 When? Where? How and Why?
Enki – God of Water
Play 2 Achievements
Play 3 Society – Different Strata
Enlil (Chief god)
Play 4 Epic of Gilgamesh/Gods n Goddesses
Play 5 Life in Sumerian Time
Sample Text (from 4th play)
Utnapishtim: Er, the small matter of being outwitted by a … water snake?
Ishtar: Yeah, what kind of a hero gets fooled by a serpent?
Gilgamesh: Well, I was feeling tired … and thirsty
Enkidu: As you would after the kind of journey my friend here had undertaken!
Utnapishtim: So, you’d think – after all that effort, he’d be a bit more careful with ‘the prize’?
Narrator: And what was that prize?
Utnapishtim: Oh, just - The secret of eternal life!
Narrator: Wow! That was some prize! I would have guarded it … with my life?
Ishtar: To ensure everlasting life? You’d have thought so!
Sky God: What a waste! Just goes to show, you can’t trust these mortals with anything!
Ishtar: Right! Not even ..
Enkidu: (Interrupting) Your heart? Isn’t that what this is all about? The fact that Gilgamesh dared to turn you down?
Gilgamesh: You’re never going to forgive me for that, are you?
Ishtar: What? You not wanting to marry me? Huh! Why should that bother me?
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