The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of EgyptHardback
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- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 202mm x 24mm | 340g
- Publication date: 8 February 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1861973349
- ISBN 13: 9781861973344
- Illustrations note: b/w illus
- Sales rank: 597,050
A pharaohs forgotten decree, recorded in 3 scripts, hieroglyphs, demotic and ancient Greek, was rescued from rubble by Napoleons expedition to Egypt, captured by the British army and deposited in the British Museum. It provoked an exciting race between Thomas Young (British) and Champollion (French, who won) to unlock the door to the language of ancient Egypt and its 3000 years of history. In a brilliant retelling of its story, John Ray offers a wonderful overview of the fascinating world of Egyptology and some provocative thoughts on the problems posed by archaeological loot.
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John Ray is Herbert Thompson Reader in Egyptology at Cambridge and is a regular television and radio commentator. He is the author of the recent Reflections of Osiris (Profile) - 'the best introduction to ancient Egypt I have read' (Daily Telegraph).
Ray is a charming, unpatronising guide, of impeccable academic pedigree, lucid, generous in his estimation of our interest, [and] passionate about his subject. The Guardian Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times - '...successfully captures the West's fascination with Egypt. Always the master of his subject, he entertains rather than lectures, is sparing with minutiae but still finds space for telling detail.'