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Discovering GilgameshGeology, narrative and the historical sublime in Victorian culture$
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Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090516

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090516.001.0001

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Discovering Gilgamesh

Discovering Gilgamesh

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Discovering Gilgamesh

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Manchester University Press

The chapter mainly focuses on the rediscovery of the Epic of Gilgamesh in the nineteenth century, recounting some of the debates that emerged around its significance, and more importantly, its age. The question of how far away the horizon of history may be was of considerable importance to the Victorians.

Keywords:   Gilgamesh, George Smith, British Museum, Henry Rawlinson, Izdubar, Charles Lyell

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