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The buried book : the loss and rediscovery of the great epic of Gilgamesh

Author: David Damrosch; William Hughes; Blackstone Audiobooks.
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : MP3 : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The oldest surviving fragments of the Babylonian epic we now call Gilgamesh date back to the 18th century--the 18th century before the Christian era, that is, more than 3,700 years ago. Etched in the wedge-shaped letters known as cuneiform on clay tablets, Gilgamesh stands as the earliest classic of world literature In The buried book, David Damrosch, a Columbia professor of comparative literature, organizes his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
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Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)190842496
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: David Damrosch; William Hughes; Blackstone Audiobooks.
ISBN: 9781433285561 1433285568
OCLC Number: 197093695
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
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Duration: 7:22:34.
Performer(s): Read by William Hughes.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (WMA file size: 106014 KB; MP3 file size: 207895 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: David Damrosch.

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The oldest surviving fragments of the Babylonian epic we now call Gilgamesh date back to the 18th century--the 18th century before the Christian era, that is, more than 3,700 years ago. Etched in the wedge-shaped letters known as cuneiform on clay tablets, Gilgamesh stands as the earliest classic of world literature In The buried book, David Damrosch, a Columbia professor of comparative literature, organizes his text as an archaeological dig, opening with a prefatory account of Austen Henry Layard's discovery and excavation of the ruins of Nineveh in the 1840s, then gradually working his way back from the Victorian era into ancient times. His first and second chapters describe the career of George Smith, a self-taught Assyriologist, who one momentous afternoon in 1872 was working at the British Museum, going through a pile of Layard's clay tablets. Suddenly, Smith realized that he was reading about "a flood storm, a ship caught on a mountain, and a bird sent out in search of dry land."

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