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Hormuzd Rassam

Hormuzd RassamBorn: 1826
Birthplace: Mosul, Ottoman Mesopotamia
Died: 16-Sep-1910
Location of death: Hove, Brighton, England
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Brighton Cemetery, Brighton, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian [1]
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Archaeologist, Diplomat

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Discovered Epic of Gilgamesh

First Middle Eastern-born archaeologist to be trained in Europe. Discovered the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Cylinder of Cyrus.

As a diplomat for England, was held captive for two years by the King of Abyssinia.

"I will sacrifice myself for England and worship for ever the pure religion of Great Britain...I would rather be a chimney-sweeper in England than a Pasha in Turkey.", 1843.


[1] Born Chaldean Catholic (Assyrian Church of the East).

Father: Anton Rassam (Assyrian clergyman)
Mother: Theresa
Brother: Christian Rassam (older, first British consul at Mosul)
Wife: Anne Eliza Price (m. 8-Jun-1869, seven children)
Daughter: Theresa Rassam (opera singer, b. 1871)
Son: Anthony Hormuzd Rassam (British soldier, b. 31-Dec-1883)

    University: Magdalen College, Oxford University (left 1849)

    Converted to Anglicanism 1840
    Naturalized UK Citizen
    Royal Geographical Society
    Syrian Ancestry
    Assyrian Ancestry

Author of books:
The British Mission to Theodore, King of Abyssinia (1869)
Biblical Nationalities, Past and Present
The Garden of Eden and Biblical Sages (1893)
Asshur and the Land of Nimrod (1897)


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