Gilgamesh was a powerful king in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) about 4500 years ago. His life was the subject of an epic story which has come down to us inscribed on clay tablets. It is the oldest written story, or perhaps history, to survive and contains all the elements of a modern drama, power, deceit, sex and vanity. The technology of writing symbols on tablets was developed to keep track of valuables, like cattle. Human nature has not changed.