ArtistLewis BatrosYear2000Dimensions2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)ConditionGoodLocationCollege of SydneyCoordinates33°53′14″S 151°11′10″E / 33.887237°S 151.186146°E / -33.887237; 151.186146





The Statue of Gilgamesh at the College of Sydney, Camperdown, was produced by Lewis Batros on commission from the Assyrian area, and unveiled in 2000. The 2.5m statue depicts Gilgamesh, an old Sumerian king of the city-state of Uruk whose legendary exploits are told in the Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian epic poem written throughout the late second millennium BC, based upon a lot previously product.

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The Gilgamesh Cultural Centre, on behalf of the Assyrian neighborhood, presented the statue to the College to commemoprice its sesquicentenary. The statue was unveiled by Dame Leonie Kramer, A.C., and also D.B.E., on 15 October 2000. It is located in the Camperdown/Darlington Campus of the College of Sydney between the Old Teachers College Building and the Women"s Sports Centre, facing in the direction of the Charles Perkins Centre.


Gilgamesh was a king of Uruk in the land of Sumer, Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh is described as a demigod of superhumale toughness, as he was two-thirds God from his mother, Ninsun, and one-third humale from his father, the previous king, Lugalbunda. Gilgamesh developed the city wall surfaces of Uruk to safeguard his civilization. Gilgamesh battled the demon Humbaba (or Huwawa), in addition to wild man Enkidu and also lugged his head earlier to Uruk on a raft. The pair also defeated the Bull of Heaven sent out by the furious goddess Ishtar. These conquered beasts can be attached to the creature in the statue as a depiction of Gilgamesh"s strength and also power. Gilgamesh is seen as a worldly-wise, cultured king and protector that is at the centre of huguy culture. The statue was put up to celebprice the can and power of Gilgamesh and also commemoprice his achievements as a protector and king.


Situated via the Statue of Gilgamesh is a bronze plaque via an inscription of the story of Gilgamesh, which reads:

Gilgamesh, Assyrian King of Uruk throughout the third millennium BC, is part god and also component man. He sets out on a pursuit to look for immortality. In the resource of his quest, he finds compassion, friendship, courage, love and peace. In the 1nine century, Sir Austen Henry Layard uncovered clay tablets recounting The Epic of Gilgamesh in Ashourbanipal"s 8th century BC library at Nineveh. This epic, one of the earliest composed stories, is the basis of many type of myths, legends and also tales, consisting of modern ones.


The statue was sculpted by Lewis Batros, whose other sculptures are displayed in Fairfield and Sydney Olympic Park in Australia, in Moscow, and also in the US. He has actually done many kind of Assyrian-motivated functions, some of which have been controversial, consisting of a 4.5-metre-high (15 ft) monument to Assyrian victims of genocide commissioned by Fairarea council. He acquired a degree in fine art in 1986 and moved to Australia in 1990. Many type of of Batros" functions take incentive from Assyrian heritage, stories, art and culture.

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Ziolkowski, T. (2011). Gilgamesh among us: Modern encounters with the prehistoric epic. Ithaca: Cornell College Press.