Gilgamesh found

It’s interesting how the Gilgamesh book unfolds and becomes more claustrophobic as you go back into past, as though you’re digging under the ruins of Ashurbanipal’s great library to find the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh that he collected along with around 25,000 tablets of correspondence, spies notes, and literature (including poetry). One quote: “Sudden destruction is disastrous for the people who suffer it, but it can be a godsend for archaeologists: no neighborhood of ancient Rome has been preserved with the perfection of Pompeii.” p. 194, Damrosch, David. The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh. Holt Paperback, 2006.
I’ve now reached the chapter titled the Edge of Culture, which discusses the Epic itself, which is a fun read.


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