Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone : The Story of the Decoding of Egyptian Hieroglyphics

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In July 1799 a French officer serving in Bonaparte's army in Egypt made an interesting discovery. A granite slab unearthed near the small town of Rosetta bore texts in three different scripts - Greek, demotic Egyptian and hieroglyphs. For the first time there was a real hope of decoding Egyptian writing. The Stone was soon stolen from the French by the British Army and removed to the British Museum in London. Now began a remarkable and highly competitive intellectual adventure in which some of the best minds of the time took part. Thomas Young, a remarkable English polymath and physician, and Johann David Akerblad, a Swedish diplomat, made valiant progress towards a solution, but the code was finally cracked by the tireless French orientalist Jean-Fran?ois Champollion. The texts of Ancient Egypt could now be read again after fourteen centuries.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 1861973446
  • 9781861973443

About Robert Sole

Robert Sol?, whose origins are Egyptian, is a novelist (published here by Harvill) and journalist. Dominique Valbelle is Director of the Institute of Egyptology at the University of Lille III and President of the French Egyptological Society.show more

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