Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh (from "Have To" History)

Epic of Gilgamesh1. The oldest surviving work of literature from anywhere in the world – put into writing nearly 4,000 years ago. 

2. Gilgamesh was most likely fictional. If he did exist, it’s unlikely he was called “Gilgamesh” or lived in Sumer or did any of the things attributed to him here or in other Mesopotamian fragments. Unless maybe he did. If he existed. Which he probably didn’t

3. The Gilgamesh story contains the earliest known account of a huge flood wiping out all life on earth except for one man and his immediate family and every variety of animal in order to repopulate the earth. Sound familiar?