The Rosetta Stone: And the Rebirth of Ancient EgyptPaperback Wonders of the World
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- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 14mm | 141g
- Publication date: 10 July 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 186197339X
- ISBN 13: 9781861973399
- Illustrations note: 25 b&w illustrations
- Sales rank: 331,413
What does the Rosetta Stone tell us about the past? What treasures of Egyptian literature can now be read, thanks to its decipherment? What does it tell us about the history of writing and the story of our own alphabets? How do decipherments work and how can we know if they are right? Who owns the Rosetta Stone and what happens if we start to return pieces of the past to countries who claim them? These are some of the fascinating questions which are explored in this introduction to one of the true Wonders of the World.
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John Ray is a Professor of Egyptology at Cambridge and a fellow of the British Academy. His Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt is also published by Profile.
"'[Ray] successfully captures the West's fascination with Egypt. Always the master of his subject, he entertains rather than lectures.' Sunday Times 'Highly readable...Professor Ray takes us on an ancient journey from this sunset of the ancient Egyptian world.' BBC History Magazine 'With personal anecdotes and a pithy way with historical narrative...[Ray] entirely succeeds in claiming the Rosetta Stone as a wonder of the world.' Herald"