The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: December 2007
Duration: 7 hours 24 minutes
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.
"Damrosch's summary narrative of the epic excels both in dramatization and thematic explanation, and he's no slouch either when it comes to relaying the adventures of translator George Smith and archaeologist-diplomat Hormuzd Rassam....a superb and engrossing popular presentation."-Booklist (starred review)