I’m not talking about the Epic of Gilgamesh which arguably the oldest known piece of literature, but the oldest actual physical book. I’ve recently discovered the oldest known book is on display in the Bulgarian National Museum of History in Sophia.
Discovered during road construction near the Struma River, the text is in the lost Etruscan language on 6 pages of 24 carat gold sheet. The book has been dated to approximately 500 BC.
The Etruscans were the original inhabitants of northern Italy prior to Roman assimilation and eradication. I’m not surprised the Romans sought to aquire their land and civilisation if they’re making books out of 24 carat gold.