Cracking The Egyptian Code

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199942900
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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.

Wonderful Things

Author: Jason Thompson
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
ISBN: 9774165993
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The discovery of ancient Egypt and the development of Egyptology are momentous events in intellectual and cultural history. The history of Egyptology is the story of the people, famous and obscure, who constructed the picture of ancient Egypt that we have today, recovered the Egyptian past while inventing it anew, and made a lost civilization comprehensible to generations of enchanted readers and viewers thousands of years later. This, the first of a three-volume survey of the history of Egyptology, follows the fascination with ancient Egypt from antiquity until 1881, tracing the recovery of ancient Egypt and its impact on the human imagination in a saga filled with intriguing mysteries, great discoveries, and scholarly creativity. Wonderful Things affirms that the history of ancient Egypt has proved continually fascinating, but it also demonstrates that the history of Egyptology is no less so. Only by understanding how Egyptology has developed can we truly understand the Egyptian past.

Praecepta Tonica

Author: Iohannes Alexandrinus
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110251574
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The Praecepta Tonica by John of Alexandria (5th-6th cent. AD) is one of our richest sources for ancient Greek accentuation and an indispensable tool for reconstructing Herodian’s famous De prosodia catholica. Despite its importance, it is available only in a seriously flawed edition brought out by Karl Wilhelm Dindorf in 1825. The new edition offers an authoritative new critical text based on a thorough review of the manuscript evidence and the modern scholarship, and includes a rich collection of parallel passages intended to place the treatise in its grammatical context.

Jan Cox

Author: Jan Cox
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The Keys Of Egypt

Author: Lesley Adkins
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060953492
Size: 78.85 MB
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The fascinating true tale of Jean Frantois Champollion chronicles the French linguist's successful efforts to decipher the Egyptian hieroglyphics with the help of the Rosetta Stone over the course of nearly two decades. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Exceptional Creativity In Science And Technology

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN: 1599474263
Size: 26.59 MB
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In the evolution of science and technology, laws governing exceptional creativity and innovation have yet to be discovered, yet there has been considerable progress in understanding. Exceptional Creativity in Science and Technology invites a diverse group of exceptional thinkers to explore the many facets of the creative process.

De Callirhoe Narrationes Amatoriae

Author: Chariton Aphrodisiensis
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110957329
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'Chaireas and Kallirhoe', Chariton's story of love and adventure (1st or 2nd century C.E.), is probably the oldest of the completely preserved Greek novels. The last scholarly edition was published in 1938 (W.E. Blake, Oxford). Now a critical edition of Chariton appears for the first time in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana, it is based on a careful evaluation of the textual tradition, and takes account of all the results of international research during the last sixty years.