"Why dear friend, do you speak like a coward? What you just said is unworthy of you, it grieves my heart. We are not gods, we cannot ascend to heaven. No, we are mortal men. Only the gods live forever. Our days are few in number, and whatever we achieve is a puff of wind. Why be afraid then, since sooner or later death must come?” (Mitchell 93).
When read in context with the rest of Book III, what do Gilgamesh's lines, above, convey about the Mesopotamian understanding of death?