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The 19th Century Recovery of the Library of Ashurbanipal from 650 BC
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
Near, colonial, preserve, ruins, 1849, 1200, Mitford, world, excavations, first, Jerusalem, 7th, disappeared, Mosul, clay, mysterious, law, Nineveh, Layard, Gilgamesh, leisure, funding, Assyria, book, Islamic, archeological, cuneiform
the Epic of                    is the first great work of literature that has survived
was the most popular work of literature in the ancient Near East in the second and            millennium before Christ
then it disappeared and was dug up again, and became a work of            literature in a wholly new way
the standard form of the epic was composed around          BCE
circulated widely around the ancient          East
to Western Persia
north to Turkey
as far East as                   
translated into multiple languages that we know about
the world of the                    [kyoo-NAY-a-form] world disappeared around 300-200 BCE
people stopped knowing how to write cuneiform around this time
the epic                       
19th century
group of explorers, archaeologist adventurers dug up the old capital of               , known from the Bible, lost for hundreds of years
dug up the city of                and the palace of Assur-Bani-Pal (668-627 BC), King of the world and King of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (934–609 BC)
he was barely known at all
they found the            of his library
had been destroyed by his enemies in the        century BCE
but the texts of Gilgamesh and many other works were written on cuneiform          tablets
baking clay makes is last longer, so burning it actually helped                  it
Austen Henry              (1817-1894)
1840s working as a        clerk in the London
doesn't like the job
they gave him a job as a                  administrator
planned to go with Edward Mitford to Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
               wanted to go the land route there because he got sea sick
Layard hears of                      mounds in Iraq
goes to           
site of Nineveh
starts digging and has luck, finds palace, and makes him palace
he had to get               
nobody in Europe cared enough to fund this                            research
nobody in the Middle East cared about these pre-               pagan relics
so he writes an adventure story
writes the account of how he found Nineveh
published in         
audience was Anglo-Irish gentry, clergy, and ladies with               
becomes member of parliament
does more                       
writes another         
Goethe and Eckermann
Goethe's Corpus and World Literature
The 19th Century Recovery of the Library of Ashurbanipal from 650 BC
Gilgamesh as World Literature
Themes from the Epic of Gilgamesh
Enkidu Introduced to Culture Via Shamhat
Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Humbaba and the Country
Gilgamesh and the Story of the Flood