Topic challenges are back ... but with a difference!

Early in July, Aza posted Monthly Topic Challenges aren't getting much attention. How can we change them? to address the problem of decreasing interest and activity in an increasingly stagnant topic challenge project. Emerging from the discussion there was Christophe Strobbe's popular proposal to have topic challenges lasting for two months, overlapping by one month, and announced one month in advance. So now, at the start of September, it's time to announce the October - November 2019 topic challenge.

Since the list of suggestions currently has a single highest-voted entry, it's decided that throughout October - November 2019, our topic challenge, proposed by Rand al'Thor, will be

The Epic of Gilgamesh.

What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, we should all try to read or learn about The Epic of Gilgamesh (maybe in September?) and post thoughtful and interesting questions about it in October - November.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions on other works are always welcome too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of The Epic of Gilgamesh, in whatever language you prefer, and asking good questions about it. These questions should be tagged with and , and whatever other tags are applicable. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Why this particular story?

What's next?

  • Vote here for the next topic challenge (Nov-Dec 2019), or propose your own!
  • I am too late to the party...
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 23:32

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Questions submitted during this challenge:

The highest-voted of these is Why did the gods send the flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh?, with a score of 3 at the end of November.

The most viewed is How can Gilgamesh be one-third man and two-thirds god?, with approximately 70 views during the months of November and December.

None of these questions had received an answer by the end of the challenge.

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