Gilgamesh the King
Real World Background
Robbins's novel was presumably about Gilgamesh, a legendary king of Uruk in ancient Sumeria, whose deeds were recounted in the Epic of Gilgamesh. (Among these were his befriending the wild man Enkidu, defeating the ogre Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven, meeting Utnapishtim, the Noah-like survivor of a great flood, and attempting in vain to secure a magical plant of immortality.)
A real novel by the same name has been written about Gilgamesh, by Robert Silverberg.
- Gilgamesh at Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia