Ancient Sumer Guided Reading Scripts


Ancient Sumer Guided Reading Scripts


Ancient Sumer Guided Reading Scripts

These five scripts (6 speakers each) are approximately 5 minutes of reading time each, with the following quiz and suggested discussion themes.

Play 1 When? Where? How and Why?


  • Narrator
  • Archaeologist
  • Farmer
  • King
  • Queen
  • Enki – God of Water

Play 2 Achievements


  • Narrator
  • Trader
  • Mathematician
  • Astronomer
  • Architect
  • Scribe

Play 3 Society – Different Strata


  • Narrator
  • Enlil (Chief god)
  • Priest
  • Government official
  • Artisan
  • Slave

Play 4 Epic of Gilgamesh/Gods n Goddesses


  • Narrator
  • Gilgamesh
  • Enkidu
  • Ishtar
  • Sky God
  • Utnapishtim

Play 5 Life in Sumerian Time


  • Sumerian Man
  • Sumerian Woman
  • Sumerian Boy
  • Sumerian Girl
  • Sumerian God
  • Sumerian Goddess

Ancient Sumer Guided Reading Scripts Sample Text (from 4th play)

Utnapishtim:       Er, the small matter of being outwitted by a … water snake?

Ishtar:                  Yeah, what kind of a hero gets fooled by a serpent?

Gilgamesh:          Well, I was feeling tired … and thirsty

Enkidu:                 As you would after the kind of journey my friend here had undertaken!

Utnapishtim:       So, you’d think – after all that effort, he’d be a bit more careful with ‘the prize’?

Narrator:             And what was that prize?

Utnapishtim:       Oh, just – The secret of eternal life!

Narrator:             Wow! That was some prize! I would have guarded it … with my life?

Ishtar:                  To ensure everlasting life? You’d have thought so!

Sky God:              What a waste! Just goes to show, you can’t trust these mortals with anything!

Ishtar:                  Right! Not even ..

Enkidu:                 (Interrupting) Your heart? Isn’t that what this is all about? The fact that Gilgamesh dared to turn you down?

Gilgamesh:          You’re never going to forgive me for that, are you?

Ishtar:                  What? You not wanting to marry me? Huh! Why should that bother me?



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