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Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion, 1822-1922

David Gange

Abstract

Every great figure of the nineteenth century—from Gladstone, Carlyle and Ruskin, to Byron, Tennyson and Yeats, or Lyell, Darwin and Huxley—read histories of ancient Egypt and argued about their content. They recognised Egypt as a focal point in disputes over human origins, patterns underlying human history, the status and purpose of the Bible and the cultural roles of the classics. Egyptian archaeology ingrained its influence everywhere from the lecture halls of the ancient universities, to the devotional aids of rural Sunday schools and the plots of cheap sensation fiction. This study shows h ... More

Keywords: Egyptology, classics, ancient history, archaeology, theology, literature, biblical criticism, history of science, eugenics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653102
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653102.001.0001

Authors

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David Gange, author
Lecturer in History, University of Birmingham

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