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





The Statue that Gilgamesh in ~ the college of Sydney, Camperdown, was produced by Lewis Batros ~ above commission indigenous the Assyrian community, and unveiled in 2000. The 2.5m statue depicts Gilgamesh, an ancient Sumerian king of the city-state of Uruk whose legendary exploits are told in the epos of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian epic poem written throughout the late 2nd millennium BC, based on much earlier material.

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The Gilgamesh social Centre, on instead of of the Assyrian community, gift the statue to the college to commemorate that sesquicentenary. The statue was unveiled by Dame Leonie Kramer, A.C., and also D.B.E., ~ above 15 October 2000. That is situated in the Camperdown/Darlington Campus the the college of Sydney between the Old Teachers college Building and also the Women"s sporting activities Centre, encountering towards the Charles Perkins Centre.


Gilgamesh to be a king of Uruk in the land of Sumer, Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh is explained as a demigod the superhuman strength, together he to be two-thirds God from his mother, Ninsun, and one-third person from his father, the previous king, Lugalbunda. Gilgamesh constructed the city walls of Uruk to safeguard his people. Gilgamesh combated the demon Humbaba (or Huwawa), in addition to wild male Enkidu and also brought his head back to Uruk ~ above a raft. The pair also defeated the Bull that Heaven sent by the furious goddess Ishtar. These conquered beasts can be connected to the biology in the statue together a depiction of Gilgamesh"s strength and also power. Gilgamesh is seen as a worldly-wise, cultured king and also protector who is in ~ the centre of human society. The statue was set up to storage the might and power of Gilgamesh and commemorate his achievements as a protector and king.


Situated v the Statue that Gilgamesh is a bronze plaque v an engraving of the story the Gilgamesh, which reads:

Gilgamesh, Assyrian King of Uruk during the third millennium BC, is part god and part man. That sets the end on a quest to seek immortality. In the resource of his quest, he finds compassion, friendship, courage, love and also peace. In the 19th century, sir Austen Henry Layard found clay tablets recounting The epos of Gilgamesh in Ashourbanipal"s 8 hours century BC library at Nineveh. This epic, one of the earliest written stories, is the communication of plenty of myths, legends and tales, including modern-day ones.


The statue was sculpted by Lewis Batros, whose other sculptures are exhibited in Fairfield and Sydney Olympic Park in Australia, in Moscow, and also in the US. He has actually done many Assyrian-inspired works, few of which have been controversial, consisting of a 4.5-metre-high (15 ft) monument to Assyrian victims of genocide commissioned by Fairfield council. He derived a level in fine art in 1986 and migrated come Australia in 1990. Countless of Batros" works take motivation from Assyrian heritage, stories, art and culture.

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Ziolkowski, T. (2011). Gilgamesh amongst us: modern-day encounters v the ancient epic. Ithaca: Cornell college Press.