Gilgamesh is a grand epic from the distant past in Mesopotamia. It has a message that speaks to all of humanity, and deals with universal and timeless themes like friendship, death, courage, civilization versus nature, and the hero quest. The echoes of Gilgamesh can be found in other epics, like Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and this tale even has relevance for us today.

Since middle school, Richard Field has been an avid student of history in general and military history in particular. He earned his BS and MS from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He earned an MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe and a PhD from UNM. Field has taught at Albuquerque Academy since 1992 where he began teaching world history and senior humanities in 1994. He is also a contributor to Ancient History Magazine.