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Read the following passage from Book VII of Gilgamesh:

[Enkidu] said to Gilgamesh, "Dear friend, dear brother, they are taking me from you. I will not return. I will sit with the dead in the underworld, and never will I see my dear brother again." (Mitchell 141-142).

This illustrates that the Mesopotamians

A

feared the afterlife, which was imagined to be a hellish punishment for those who had not led a heroic life.

B

saw the afterlife is a reward for heroic deeds, thus strived to be valiant and face death bravely.

C

feared death as the great and inevitable equalizer.

D

believed that the afterlife would dispense justice for deeds and misdeeds of this world.

E

thought death could be overcome through heroism in this life.

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