Discovering Gilgamesh: Geology, narrative and the historical by Vybarr Cregan-Reid

By Vybarr Cregan-Reid

In 1872, a tender archaeologist on the British Museum made an incredible discovery. whereas he was once operating his method via a Mesopotamian 'slush pile', George Smith, a self-taught professional in old languages, occurred upon a Babylonian model of Noah's Flood. His learn instructed this 'Deluge capsule' pre-dated the writing of Genesis via a millennium or extra. Smith went directly to translate what later grew to become The Epic of Gilgamesh, might be the oldest and such a lot entire paintings of literature from any culture.

Against the backdrop of leading edge readings of a variety of work, novels, histories and pictures (by figures like Dickens, Eliot, James, Dyce, Turner, Macaulay and Carlyle), this publication demonstrates the Gordian complexity of the Victorians' courting with background, whereas additionally trying to spotlight the Epic's function in influencing versions of time in late-Victorian geology.

Discovering Gilgamesh can be of curiosity to readers, scholars and researchers in literary experiences, Victorian reviews, heritage, highbrow historical past, paintings heritage and archaeology.

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