By Brooke Hardwick
Until relatively recent history no one knew that across the Tigress and written on tablets of baked clay buried within a mound in Nineveh lay the oldest written piece of literature on Earth. In 1840 however, Austen Henry Layard, an English archaeologist and explorer, started digging. His efforts uncovered the library of Ashurbanipal, king of the Neo-Assyrian empire and evidently fan of a good yarn for within the hoard lay treasure — the epic of Gilgamesh.
Rarely taught in school, reproduced by Hollywood directors or retold with the fervour of literature from the Ancient Greeks, this Sumerian…
Brooke Hardwick is an adventurous Australian novelist based in Hong Kong. A wordsmith with wanderlust, when she isn’t plundering life, she’s writing.