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One day in 1872, self-taught Assyriologist George Smith was sifting through a pile of clay tablets when he realized he was reading about "a flood, storm, a ship caught on a mountain, and a bird sent out in search of dry land". This is the riveting story of the discovery of the world's first literary epic, the "Epic of Gilgamesh".
©2006 David Damrosch (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • J Michael
  • 16/07/2008

interesting- but not for everyone

This book has 3 very different parts told in reverse chronological order.

The first part tells of the discovery and decyphermment of the epic of Gilgamesh through biographies of 2 of the discovers.

The 2nd part tells of the Assyrian kings who assembled the library in which it would be found and has a brief history of the neo-Assyrian Empire.

The 3rd section discusses the epic of Gilgamesh itself, relating the story and telling of earlier versions of the work and finally what little is known of the real King Gilgmesh.

The narrator is good, if perhaps a bit too brisk. And now you'll know how to pronounce "Ninevah".

I'm guessing the author wanted to personalize the story and so told it through a series of biographies. I think he was fairly succesful, but doubt if it would work for anyone not interested in archaeology.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Wallen
  • 20/04/2011

A great story

The story of rediscovering the cuneiform tablets in Iraq should benefit not only those interested in history. This story is nicely compsed, never boring and actually quite interesting. The intrigues of the British "high society" scientific world in the late 1900s should come as a surprise to no one. But the most interesting part is the Sumerians and Akkadians speaking to us about their daily life some 4-5.000 years ago though the tablets. This is really mind-boggling. It is a sort of Facebook and Twitter long before computers. Well worth reading.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathy
  • 22/11/2011

Interesting History

Well researched and presented history of this ancient epic. A lot of time is spent on the rivalries of the English archaeologists involved in its discovery and translation. Best part is an analysis and explanation of the story itself. It greatly enhanced my appreciation of the epic.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • shantal
  • 15/02/2016

The men behind the Epic

What did you love best about The Buried Book?

I liked the personal glimpse that we got behind all of the people involved in the rediscovery, translation, writing, and preservation of the epic of Gilgamesh. The author elaborates greatly on the personal lives of important scholars such as George Smith and Hormuzd Rassam. The author also uses research about the ancient city of Nineveh to paint a deeply personal picture of the kings directly responsible for the preservation of Gilgamesh. David Damrosch emphasizes, simply through telling details about their lives and the context in which they lived in, that though all of the people he writes about are dead, they all once lived full lives. They had had ambitions, fears, and hopes. Damrosch explores even Gilgamesh himself, who has some basis in history.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The beginning is a little slow, but I would say that it definitely gets more interesting as you are introduced to more layers of history.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Free
  • 28/10/2011

Hidden history through the back door of academia

Where does The Buried Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Damrosch does well by getting at details that introductory books fall far short of. The Epic of Gilgmesh and its rediscovery has huge implications for our understanding of history and religion. Having books of this depth keep me looking at the Audible selection and I hope to find more like this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Buried Book?

Damrosch brings out the complexity of archaeology and the politics behind it. In particular the fate of the Iraqi man who actually found the clay tablets with the epic on them.

What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

The narration was solid and did not get in the way of the story at all.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book held my interest till the end.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • R. Surdez
  • 20/09/2021

Gilgamesh themes in modern and ancient beginnings.

Hard to get to the part I was most Interested in. much discussion of grave robbers,market of antiquities,.. I loved the summary of the ancient plots and forms from several cultures.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Leah Berry
  • 14/07/2021

EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK

it's flabbergasting how many people don't know this story. this sort of info could help in a "cooler heads prevailing" situation. like the future collapse of this current society. The Epic of Gilgamesh is apart of humanity's story. I wish It would be fully recognized as such.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Darrell
  • 25/03/2021

not what was expected

I was hoping to learn about gilgamish with this book and this book was about the archeological expeditions and the men who decipher the tablets

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 18/01/2022

Lots of Areas of Interest Poorly Drawn Together

This book can easily be broken into three parts and a rather rambling epilogue. The first part details the lives and careers of two British Museum archaeologists—George Smith and Hormuzd Rassam. The second takes a look at the court life in ancient Babylon in roughly 2500 BCE. The third is a short summary of the Epic of Gilgamesh. And the fourth is a brief account of the epic’s influence in modern times. The result is not a book on the rediscovery of the first great epic poem, but a rather jumbled set of accounts on the above topics. To give Damrosch credit, he starts very well, but the whole account quickly loses steam as the book seems to veer off topic repeatedly. The little side routes are interesting, but they distract from the overall sense of unity that I expected the book to achieve. At many times I kept asking myself when the Epic of Gilgamesh was going to reappear in Damrosch’s account.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Cherryl
  • 09/01/2022

Might be to read rather than audio book

The author gets into much detail of other characters, even more than the actual buried book. It is very interesting history of how the book was related to others decisions but again not enough of the book actually explains to me.
I did learn a great deal though.