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Classical Studies; Interdisciplinary Study of Religions
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In this project, I explore the symbolic web that connects eating, sleeping, reproduction, and mortality—a nexus of associations that runs through the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer, Genesis, and the writings of John and Paul. First, I aim to demonstrate that these texts use a shared symbolic language of bread and sleep, eating and sleeping, in their discussions of mortality and to reveal the texts’ implicit definitions of mortality and godhood. Second, I aim to demonstrate the tension between the Mesopotamian and Greek texts’ conclusions that man cannot achieve immortality and the notion presented in the biblical texts, particularly the New Testament, that immortality, and even godhood, could be open to man.
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Desetta, Joshua Daniel, "Sleep, Bread, and Death: Evolving Conceptions of Mortality from the Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer to Genesis, John, and Paul" (2023). Senior Projects Spring 2023. 272.
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