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April 22, 2003


While the National Museum of Iraq's copy of Hammurabi's Code may still have been looted or destroyed (or perhaps it didn't have a copy? Seems doubtful, though.), the Louvre still has its copy intact.

You know that April is National Poetry Month, right? So how sad is it that among the artifacts that were looted or destroyed include the Sippar Library, a collection of Babylonian tablets discovered in the 1980s. Among these cuneiform tablets, not yet fully examined or translated, were previously missing portions of the epic poem Gilgamesh, the world's earliest known literary work ("Missing: A Vase, a Book, a Bird and 10,000 Years of History," Adam Goodheart, 4/20/03, NYTimes).

Yours, &c., LC | 03:26 PM | Librariana , Writing & Language