The Monuments of Egypt and NubiaHardback
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- Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
- Format: Hardback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 261mm x 363mm x 15mm | 1,234g
- Publication date: 6 October 2004
- Publication City/Country: Cairo
- ISBN 10: 9774247892
- ISBN 13: 9789774247897
- Sales rank: 1,488,978
Following the Napoleonic military campaign in Egypt (1798-1801), Europe rediscovered the ancient Egyptian civilization, and later expeditions deepened and amplified knowledge of the country's archaeological monuments, giving birth to a new science, Egyptology, which is still very active. In 1828, Charles X of France and Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany financed the first international scientific expecition to Egypt, the aim of which was to explore the historic monuments of the country. Unlike the Napoleonic Commission, the Franco-Tuscan expedition was able to take advantage of the understanding of hieroglyphic script and therefore examine the antiquities more systematically. The leaders of the expedition were Jean-Francois Champollion, the man who deciphered the hieroglyphs using the Rosetta Stone, and Ippolito Rosellini. Born in Pisa in 1800, Rosellini was noted for his study of the monuments, deciphering of the hieroglyphs and, above all, for his contribution to science in the form of his illustrated work, "The Monuments of Egypt and Nubia". This volume recounts the era of early Egyptology at the start of the nineteenth century, and presents the plates from Rosellini's original work made following the long expedition.
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A former lecturer in foreign literature and languages, Franco Serino is the author of Egypt and its Rediscovery in the Nineteenth Century (1987) and Egypt over the Centuries (1992).