"Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali" is the life story of Sundiata, the son of a Malian king. Following the death of his father, Sundiata endures adversity after being exiled. In an act of redemption, he builds up an army and... More » Art & Literature Literature

“The Epic of Gilgamesh” is an ancient story about a Sumerian king who lived in 2500 BCE Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh starts out as a corrupt king, but he learns how to become good over the course of the story. More » History Ancient History

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