Date of Award

Summer 8-10-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religious Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Louis A. Ruprecht

Second Advisor

Dr. Molly Bassett

Third Advisor

Dr. Sandra Blakely


The story of Gilgamesh has been viewed as an example of several different narrative genres. This thesis establishes how scholarship in English published between 1872 and 1967 has described Gilgamesh as a myth, or denied Gilgamesh status as a myth and discusses new the meanings that the context of myth brings to the story. This thesis represents preliminary work on a larger project of exploring present day artistic meaning making efforts that revolve around Gilgamesh.