Creating a Soundtrack for the Epic of Gilgamesh

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Creating a Soundtrack for the Epic of Gilgamesh

It is widely believed that when the ancient Sumerians and Babylonians recited the Epic of Gilgamesh, they did so with the accompaniment of music. If the Epic of Gilgamesh were made into a movie today, what type of music would you expect to hear?

Consider what context you would place the epic in if it were a movie. Would it take place in ancient times or modern times?

Do you imagine classical music or rap? Do you picture music playing in the background or music inspired by the epic playing at the end credits? Decide the context of the movie before you begin!

Use complete sentences when responding to this assignment. You will be turning in this assignment as a Google Doc.

This assignment should be done in groups of 2-3.

Assignment Requirements

Your Google document should contain the following:

1) All names (first and last) and the hour

2) A paragraph explaining the context of the movie you are imagining. For example, is it a country western? A movie set in the future? Keep in mind all song choices that follow should be consistent with the movie context you’ve chosen.

3) Select three characters from the following list and decide upon a song that best represents them.

Gilgamesh

Humbaba

Enkidu

Enlil

Utnapishtim

Enlil

Shamash

Ishtar

Provide the following information for each of the characters. Be specific in your explanation.

Character Name

Song Title and Artist AND link to the actual song

Paragraph Explanation why this song is being used.

4) Select two chapters from the following list and decide upon a song that best represents the scene.

Prologue

Battle with Humbaba

Enkidu’s Dream of the Underworld

Story of the Flood

The Return

Provide the following information for each of the chapters. Be specific in your explanation.

Chapter Title

Song Title and Artist AND link to the actual song

Grading

Paragraph Explanation why this song is being used.

This assignment is worth 30 points. 5 points are awarded for each of the following: context paragraph, three character paragraphs, and two chapter paragraphs. The 5 points are broken down as follows: +3 detail, +2 grammar/punctuation.

Deadline

Your Google Docs are due at the beginning of the hour tomorrow. You will not have time to work in class tomorrow.

Use your time wisely in class.

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