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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: 9780520223066
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Deciphering the Rosetta Stone -- Reading a text: the Egyptian scripts of the Rosetta Stone -- Towards reading a cultural code: the uses of writing in ancient Egypt -- The future: futher codes to crack.

Every Traveller Needs A Compass

Author: Neil Cooke
Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 1785701002
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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.

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" /--