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was a Sumerian warrior hero
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. Originally hailing from Lagash
Lagash is located northwest of the junction of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers and east of Uruk, about east of the modern town of Ash Shatrah. Lagash was one of the oldest cities of the Ancient Near East...
, he travelled widely and was hailed for his courage, compassion and inventiveness.
Some of his exploits are detailed in a cuneiform
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slab discovered in Nippur
Nippur was one of the most ancient of all the Sumerian cities. It was the special seat of the worship of the Sumerian god Enlil, the "Lord Wind," ruler of the cosmos subject to An alone...
. He is generally held to not have been a real person, but a myth.