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Cracking the Egyptian code : the revolutionary life of Jean-François Champollion, Andrew Robinson

Label
Cracking the Egyptian code : the revolutionary life of Jean-François Champollion
Title
Cracking the Egyptian code
Title remainder
the revolutionary life of Jean-François Champollion
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Robinson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Champollion, widely regarded as the founder of Egyptology. Andrew Robinson meticulously reconstructs how Champollion cracked the code of the hieroglyphic script, describing how Champollion started with Egyptian obelisks in Rome and papyri in European collections, sailed the Nile for a year, studied the tombs in the Valley of the Kings (a name he first coined), and carefully compared the three scripts on the Rosetta Stone to penetrate the mystery of the hieroglyphic text. Robinson also brings to life the rivalry between Champollion and the English scientist Thomas Young, who claimed credit for launching the decipherment, which Champollion hotly denied. There is much more to Champollion's life than the Rosetta Stone and Robinson gives equal weight to the many roles he played in his tragically brief life, from a teenage professor in Revolutionary France to a supporter of Napoleon (whom he met), an exile, and a curator at the Louvre
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
IEN/DLC
Dewey number
  • 493/.1092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PJ1064.C6
LC item number
R63 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Cracking the Egyptian code : the revolutionary life of Jean-François Champollion, Andrew Robinson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-266) and index
Contents
Prologue: Egyptomania -- Hieroglyphic "delirium" before Champollion -- A revolutionary childhood -- Reluctant schoolboy -- Egypt encountered -- Paris and the Rosetta stone -- Teenage professor -- The race begins -- Napoleon and Champollion -- Exile and revolt -- Breakthrough -- An Egyptian renaissance -- Curator at the Louvre -- To Egypt, at last -- In search of Ramesses -- First professor of Egyptology -- The hieroglyphs after Champollion -- Postscript: geniuses and polymaths
Control code
sky244900888
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
272 p.
Isbn
9780199914999
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2011046769
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)757485780
Label
Cracking the Egyptian code : the revolutionary life of Jean-François Champollion, Andrew Robinson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-266) and index
Contents
Prologue: Egyptomania -- Hieroglyphic "delirium" before Champollion -- A revolutionary childhood -- Reluctant schoolboy -- Egypt encountered -- Paris and the Rosetta stone -- Teenage professor -- The race begins -- Napoleon and Champollion -- Exile and revolt -- Breakthrough -- An Egyptian renaissance -- Curator at the Louvre -- To Egypt, at last -- In search of Ramesses -- First professor of Egyptology -- The hieroglyphs after Champollion -- Postscript: geniuses and polymaths
Control code
sky244900888
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
272 p.
Isbn
9780199914999
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2011046769
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)757485780

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