Everybody loves a superhero. Decades of comic books sales and blockbuster Hollywood sequels attest to this. The ancients loved their superheroes too. Many people are familiar with the legendary hero Gilgamesh, a central figure in The Timekeepers Series. Less familiar is Lugalbanda, Gilgamesh’s alleged father. The Sumerians and Akkadians both told tales of Lugalbanda and his adventures. The stories were so mainstream at the time that they were actually part of the Sumerian scribal school curriculum. Several tablets dating to 20th-17th century BC have been discovered in southern Iraq.
|Anzu Bird (British Museum)|