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

Author: David Damrosch
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Holt paperbacks edView all editions and formats
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Composed by a poet and priest in Middle Babylonia around 1200 BCE, the Epic of Gilgamesh foreshadowed later stories that would become as fundamental as any in human history, the Odyssey and the Bible. But in 600 BCE, the clay tablets that bore the story were lost--buried beneath ashes and ruins when the library of King Ashurbanipal was sacked in a raid. This book begins with the rediscovery of the epic and its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Damrosch
ISBN: 9780805087253 0805087257
OCLC Number: 217277202
Description: 315 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: The broken tablets --
Early fame and sudden death --
The lost library --
The fortress and the museum --
After Ashurbanipal, the deluge --
At the limits of culture --
The vanishing point.
Responsibility: David Damrosch.
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Composed by a poet and priest in Middle Babylonia around 1200 BCE, the Epic of Gilgamesh foreshadowed later stories that would become as fundamental as any in human history, the Odyssey and the Bible. But in 600 BCE, the clay tablets that bore the story were lost--buried beneath ashes and ruins when the library of King Ashurbanipal was sacked in a raid. This book begins with the rediscovery of the epic and its decipherment in 1872 by George Smith, a brilliant self-taught linguist, who created a sensation when he discovered Gilgamesh among thousands of undistinguished tablets in the British Museum. From there the story goes backward in time, all the way to Gilgamesh himself.--From publisher description.

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