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    The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Egypt (Hardback) By (author) John Ray


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    DescriptionA 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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    The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Egypt
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Ray
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 349 g
    ISBN 13: 9781861973344
    ISBN 10: 1861973349

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    LC classification: DT63
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH, HDDG
    DC21: 932
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000, SOC003000, HIS002030
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NKD, NHHA
    Illustrations note
    b/w illus
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    08 February 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    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).
    Review quote
    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.'