Socrates Vs Gilgamesh Research Paper

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death was the time when one gained the most wisdom. Therefore, Socrates would definitely disagree with The Epic of Gilgamesh’s idea that death was a punishment from the gods because, Socrates firmly supposed that the soul can only attain wisdom from death. He also regarded wisdom acquired from death as a way of gaining purification, which eventually will assure you a place in the afterlife with the gods. Furthermore, this evidence provides a distinctive contrast view of the different opinions the two characters held in regards to the afterlife. Socrates analyzed how the soul is in existence in the afterlife. He drew a connection of the soul and wisdom as an example of rationalization for his ideology. He drew a comparison between the soul and wisdom, and how both are eventually immortal. On the contrary, in The Epic of Gilgamesh the idea of an afterlife did not hold as much value compared to the value it held in Socrates’ lifetime. This can help lead to assumption that Gilgamesh did not believe the afterlife led to a serene and peaceful place as Socrates depicted. Exemplified in The Epic of Gilgamesh when he expressed his fear of dying; Gilgamesh lacked the understanding that the soul is a…show more content…
In the apology, Socrates stated” You see fearing death, gentlemen, is nothing other than thinking one is wise when one isn’t, since it’s thinking one knows what one doesn’t know. I mean, no one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all goods for people, but they fear it as if they know for certain that it’s the worst thing of all”(Plato, Line 5). Furthermore, Socrates asserted that one who feared death was a lover of the body and not wisdom. In opposition to his ideology of death, was Gilgamesh’s most ultimate fear of dying. Gilgamesh repeatedly cursed death and exhibit distress toward dying. As a result of this, Gilgamesh fits Socrates’ claims of those who fear

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