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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.

Cracking Codes

Author: R. B. Parkinson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520222489
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Napoleon's troops discovered a granitoid slab in the village of Rosetta in the western Delta in 1799. The Rosetta Stone was to become one of the most famous Egyptian antiquities in the world as well as an instantly recognizable icon of script and decipherment. In this exciting, beautifully illustrated work, Richard Parkinson tells the story of the Stone's discovery and the so-called battle of the decipherers that it inspired. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Museum celebrating the bicentenary of the Stone's discovery, and including a selective catalog of the exhibits, this book also examines the wider issues of script and writing in ancient Egypt and beyond. The Rosetta Stone is a fragment of a stela inscribed with a priestly decree in honor of Ptolemy V. The main significance of the text lies not in its content, however, but in the fact that it is written in three scripts--hieroglyphic, demotic, and ancient Greek. Early Orientalists recognized immediately the potential of the Stone for the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Thomas Young made great advances, especially with the demotic text, but it was Jean-Fran�ois Champollion who made the final breakthrough in 1822. In so doing he cracked much more than two Egyptian scripts: He opened up Egyptian culture as a whole to historians. Among the subjects discussed in Cracking Codes are the relationship between hieroglyphs and art, the social prestige of literacy, and the power of writing and its practical aspects (scribal equipment and training). A brief description of other decipherments is also given, drawing on examples such as Linear B and Meroitic--a language which remains to be read. A selection of the History Book Club, the Book-of-the-Month Club, and the Quality Paperback Book Club

Enigma

Author: Robert Harris
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641108306
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England im März 1943. In Bletchley Park wird fieberhaft daran gearbeitet, die Wunder-Chiffrier-Maschine Enigma, die den Funkverkehr der deutschen U-Boote verschlüsselt, zu knacken. Eine nahezu unlösbare Aufgabe für den Secret Intelligence Service, der seine letzten Hoffnungen in den genialen Kryptoanalytiker Tom Jericho setzt. Es beginnt ein Wettlauf mit der Zeit, der plötzlich sogar in den eigenen Reihen sabotiert zu werden scheint.

Der Blackthorn Code Das Verm Chtnis Des Alchemisten

Author: Kevin Sands
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 342343032X
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Verschwörungen, Intrigen, Gefahr der Da-Vinci-Code für Leser ab 11 »Verrate es niemandem.« Bis zu dieser rätselhaften Warnung war Christopher Rowe eigentlich zufrieden mit seinem Leben als Lehrling des Apothekermeisters und Alchemisten Benedict Blackthorn. Er hatte ein Dach über dem Kopf, sein Meister lehrte ihn nicht nur, wie man Mittel gegen Warzen herstellt, sondern auch, wie man verschlüsselte Botschaften knackt und Rätsel löst. Doch das alles ändert sich, als eine Serie mysteriöser Morde London heimsucht. Fast immer sind es Alchemisten, die getötet werden. Christopher spürt, dass sein Meister in Gefahr ist. Ihm bleibt nur wenig Zeit, die Mörder zu enttarnen und hinter ein Geheimnis zu kommen, das so mächtig ist, dass es die Welt zerstören ka!--?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--

Wer Knackt Den Leonardo Code

Author: Thomas Brezina
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ISBN: 9783791331928
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Ein spannend und kurzweilig erzähltes Kunstabenteuer, in dem der Leser aktiv ins Geschehen einbezogen wird und viele Informationen über Da Vinci und seine Zeit erhält. Ab 9.

Geschichte Des Ptolem Erreiches

Author: Günther Hölbl
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ISBN: 9783806218688
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Die Ptolemäer waren eine der großen Herrscherdynastien Ägyptens. Diese umfassende Gesamtdarstellung führt durch die Geschichte ihrer Blütezeit, den letzten drei Jahrhunderten vor Christi Geburt.