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    DescriptionAdventurers, explorers, kings, gods, and goddesses come to life in this riveting story of the first great epic—lost to the world for 2,000 years, and rediscovered in the nineteenth century 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 the wild king Ashurbanipal was sacked in a raid. The Buried Book begins with the rediscovery of the epic and its deciphering in 1872 by George Smith, a brilliant self-taught linguist who created a sensation when he discovered Gilgamesh among the thousands of tablets in the British Museum’s collection. From there the story goes backward in time, all the way to Gilgamesh himself. Damrosch reveals the story as a literary bridge between East and West: a document lost in Babylonia, discovered by an Iraqi, decoded by an Englishman, and appropriated in novels by both Philip Roth and Saddam Hussein. This is an illuminating, fast-paced tale of history as it was written, stolen, lost, and—after 2,000 years, countless battles, fevered digs, conspiracies, and revelations—finally found.


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    Title
    The Buried Book
    Subtitle
    The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Damrosch
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 315
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780805080292
    ISBN 10: 0805080295
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Approval Code: A23500000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    DC21: 809.93353
    DC22: 809/.93353
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PJ3771.G6 D36 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Henry Holt & Company
    Imprint name
    Henry Holt & Company
    Publication date
    06 March 2007