The Code-breaker's Secret Diaries

The Code-breaker's Secret Diaries : Rediscovering Ancient Egypt

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By (author) Jean-Francois Champollion , By (author) Joyce Tyldesley , Edited by Martin Rynja , Notes by Peter Clayton , Translated by Martin Rynja


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As a child Jean-Francois Champollion had but one fervent wish - to travel to Egypt and solve the mystery of the ancient hieroglyphs. Finally, a brief lull in the Mediterranean war against the Ottoman Sultan offered his expedition a window of a few days in 1828 to disembark. Egypt proved a treacherous place, and not only because it was part of the Ottoman Empire. Champollion's secret diary entries vividly chronicle the dangers, his exhilarated enthusiasm for the subjugated country, and not least the remarkable discoveries that were to found the new science of Egyptology. Of the twelve expedition members only a few survived its hardships. Champollion accomplished his dream, but he, too, paid the price when he died at the age of 41.

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  • Paperback | 404 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • 06 Aug 2009
  • Gibson Square Books Ltd
  • London
  • 50 b&w integrated drawings
  • 1903933838
  • 9781903933831
  • 409,563

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Jean-Francois Champollion broke the code of the hieroglyphs and is the founding father of Egyptology. Dr Joyce Tyldesley is Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester and acclaimed author of Egypt. She lives in Lancashire.

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'Champollion's enthusiasm is infectious. 'Sunday Times 'Burn with... passion.' Guardian 'Vivid, penetrating.' THES 'Exuberant.' Minerva 'Entertaining.' History Today 'A wealth of observations.' Egyptian Archaeology

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