The Assyriologist William L. Moran has recently expounded Gilgamesh’s story as a tale of the human world, characterized by an ‘insistence on human values’ and an ‘acceptance of human limitations’. This observation led him to describe the epic as ‘a document of ancient humanism’, and indeed, even for the ancients, the story of Gilgamesh was more about what it is to be a man than what it is to serve the gods. (The Epic of Gilgamesh, xxxii-xxxiii)