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"'A remarkable tale, wonderfully told.'--Wall Street Journal
In 1799 Napoleon's army uncovered an ancient stele in the Nile delta. Its inscription, recorded in three distinct scripts--ancient Greek, Coptic, and hieroglyphic--would provide scholars with the first clues to unlocking the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, a language lost for nearly two millennia. More than twenty years later a remarkably gifted Frenchman named Jean-Francois Champollion successfully deciphered the hieroglyphs on the stele, now commonly known as the Rosetta Stone, sparking a revolution in our knowledge of ancient Egypt.
Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Champollion, widely regarded as the founder of Egyptology. Andrew Robinson meticulously reconstructs how Champollion cracked the code of the hieroglyphic script, describing how Champollion started with Egyptian obelisks in Rome and papyri in European collections, sailed the Nile for a year, studied the tombs in the Valley of the Kings (a name he first coined), and carefully compared the three scripts on the Rosetta Stone to penetrate the mystery of the hieroglyphic text. Robinson also brings to life the rivalry between Champollion and the English scientist Thomas Young, who claimed credit for launching the decipherment, which Champollion hotly denied. There is much more to Champollion's life than the Rosetta Stone and Robinson gives equal weight to the many roles he played in his tragically brief life, from a teenage professor in Revolutionary France to a supporter of Napoleon (whom he met), an exile, and a curator at the Louvre.
Extensively illustrated in color and black-and-white pictures, Cracking the Egyptian Code will appeal to a wide readership interested in Egypt, decipherment and code-breaking, and Napoleon and the French Revolution.
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Buchbeschreibung Cloth with dustjacket. Zustand: Gut. 272 p.: Ill., Maps. Aus der Bibliothek von Prof. Wolfgang Haase, langjährigem Herausgeber der ANRW und des International Journal of the Classical Tradition (IJCT) / From the library of Prof. Wolfgang Haase, long-time editor of ANRW and the International Journal of the Classical Tradition (IJCT). - Schutzumschlag berieben und etwas bestoßen, zwei kleine Bleistiftstriche auf dem Schmutztitel, sonst ein tadelloses Exemplar / dust jacket rubbed and a bit scuffed, two small pencil marks on the half title, otherwise a pristine copy. - Ancient Egypt fascinated the ancient Greeks and Romans, including Alexander the Great. It still fascinates us more than any other ancient civilization. But no Greek or Roman could read the elaborate Egyptian hieroglyphs: for almost two millennia, the hieroglyphic script became a lost language , until the discovery of the Rosetta Stone by Napoleon s soldiers in Egypt in 1799. Despite the efforts of some of Europe s most intelligent scholars, including the English polymath Thomas Young, to crack the hieroglyphic code, it was an impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution, Jean-François Champoilion, who made the vital breakthrough. Andrew Robinson s finely illustrated biography - the first in English of this celebrated, but insufficiently understood, figure - charts Champoilion s dramatic life and achievements: how, against the odds, he began to decipher a lost world, led an expedition to Egypt with royal backing, lived in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, and made the voices of the pharaohs and their subjects speak. Living life to the full, he formed undying friendships and rivalries - but his obsession eventually drove him into an early death, at the age of only 41. Today, Champollion is rightly regarded as the founder of Egyptology, and is a national hero in France. Robinson s full-blooded account brings one of the world s greatest code-breakers, his setbacks and his ultimate triumphs vividly to life. CONTENTS Acknowledgments Prologue: Egyptomania I Hieroglyphic Delirium before Champoilion II A Revolutionary Childhood Ill Reluctant Schoolboy IV Egypt Encountered V Paris and the Rosetta Stone VI Teenage Professor VII The Race Begins VIII Napoleon and Champoilion IX Exile and Revolt X Breakthrough XI An Egyptian Renaissance XII Curator at the Louvre XIII To Egypt, At Last XIV In Search of Ramesses XV First Professor of Egyptology XVI The Hieroglyphs after Champoilion Postscript: Geniuses and Polymaths Notes and references Bibliography List of illustrations Index . ISBN 9780199914999 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 914. Artikel-Nr. 1167438