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Despite the lack of direct evidence, most scholars do not object to consideration of Gilgamesh as a historical figure. If he was a historical king, he probably reigned in ca. the 26th century BC.
In most texts Gilgamesh is written with the determinative for divine beings (DINGIR), but there is no evidence for a contemporary cult, and the Sumerian Gilgamesh myths suggest the deification was a later development (unlike the case of the Akkadian god-kings). Historical or not, Gilgamesh became a legendary protagonist in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Sumerian Gilgamesh has inspired several works in modern popular culture:
- Gilgamesh the King by Robert Silverberg.
- Gilgamesh (Final Fantasy).
- "Gilgamesh" is also a character in TV series Xena: Warrior Princess.
- An anime show by the same name in 2003.
- In the Marvel Comics universe, a character known as the Forgotten One claimed to have been the historical Gilgamesh.
- Gilgamesh, an opera by Serbian composer Rudolf Brucci based on the Epic.
- Gilgamesh is also a character in the game Fate/stay night, produced by TYPE-MOON.
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