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Cracking The Egyptian Code

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199942900
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In 1799 Napoleon's army uncovered an ancient stele in the Nile delta. Its inscription, recorded in three distinct scripts--ancient Greek, Coptic, and hieroglyphic--would provide scholars with the first clues to unlocking the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, a language lost for nearly two millennia. More than twenty years later a remarkably gifted Frenchman named Jean-Francois Champollion successfully deciphered the hieroglyphs on the stele, now commonly known as the Rosetta Stone, sparking a revolution in our knowledge of ancient Egypt. 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. Extensively illustrated in color and black-and-white pictures, Cracking the Egyptian Code will appeal to a wide readership interested in Egypt, decipherment and code-breaking, and Napoleon and the French Revolution.

So Unergr Ndlich Wie Das Meer

Author: Alessandro D'Avenia
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641171539
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Frederico hat einen großartigen Sommer vor sich, in wenigen Tagen wird er zu einem Studienaufenthalt nach England aufbrechen. Die Welt steht ihm offen. Doch kommt es zu einer Begegnung, die Fredericos Leben umwirft: Don Pino zeigt ihm das Viertel Brancaccio, das fest in der Hand der Cosa Nostra liegt und von rücksichtsloser Gewalt und bitterer Armut geprägt ist. Dem Jungen wird klar, wie wenig er seine eigene Stadt kennt, ihm eröffnet sich durch Don Pinos Augen und dessen Einsatz für die Menschen des Viertels eine neue Welt. Er beschließt in Palermo zu bleiben und zu helfen. Auch die Mafia, die ihn brutal zusammengeschlagen hat und massiv bedroht, kann ihn nicht abhalten, denn er hat sich in die schöne Lucia verliebt, ein Mädchen des Viertels, deren Liebe unerreichbar scheint ...

Wonderful Things

Author: Jason Thompson
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
ISBN: 9774165993
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The discovery of ancient Egypt and the development of Egyptology are momentous events in intellectual and cultural history. The history of Egyptology is the story of the people, famous and obscure, who constructed the picture of ancient Egypt that we have today, recovered the Egyptian past while inventing it anew, and made a lost civilization comprehensible to generations of enchanted readers and viewers thousands of years later. This, the first of a three-volume survey of the history of Egyptology, follows the fascination with ancient Egypt from antiquity until 1881, tracing the recovery of ancient Egypt and its impact on the human imagination in a saga filled with intriguing mysteries, great discoveries, and scholarly creativity. Wonderful Things affirms that the history of ancient Egypt has proved continually fascinating, but it also demonstrates that the history of Egyptology is no less so. Only by understanding how Egyptology has developed can we truly understand the Egyptian past.

1365 2015 2065

Author: Marianne Klemun
Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Wien
ISBN: 3205796616
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Das Buch stellt sich der Herausforderung, die Geschichte von 650 Jahren der Universität Wien in knapper Form wie aus einigen Fenstern heraus zu fassen. Kurzweilig lesbar, aber als gleichzeitig hoch reflektiertes Modell versteht es sich als frische science communication. Die Figuren der Handlung sind frei erfunden, doch ihr Kontext ist seriös und forschungsangebunden analysiert. Die Erzählungen nehmen in 14 Etappen die studentische Perspektive, den unterschiedlichen Erwerb von Wissen im Laufe der 650 Jahre und die räumlichen Veränderungen der Universität innerhalb der Stadt Wien ins Blickfeld. Sie behandeln die Komplexität des Lernens abseits einer traditionellen Institutionen-, Personen- und Fächergeschichte und nehmen doch kritisch Bezug auf wichtige Entwicklungen der Universität.

Every Traveller Needs A Compass

Author: Neil Cooke
Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 1785701029
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A varied and charming collection of 17 papers that bring something new about the people from many countries and backgrounds who traveled to, from and within Egypt and the Near East, either singly or as a group, and explored, observed and recorded, or stayed for a short period of time to improve their health or simply to enjoy the experience. While some travelers kept a diary or journal that has survived until today, others did not. Their travels have to be extracted from the wide range of manuscript sources that are thankfully retained in libraries and archives, or which still remain with their descendants. Sometimes, the name of a traveler is only contained in a few words within a single piece of correspondence or journal entry, yet from such small beginnings and through detective work to link the chance meetings between travelers with a location, or news of a shared event, it is often possible to chart part of a traveler’s journey and bring to life a person who has long been forgotten. These minor characters and their travails often bring a new perspective to well-known places and events.