Cracking the Egyptian Code

The Revolutionary Life of Jean-Francois Champollion


Author: Andrew Robinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199942900

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3387

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

The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment


Author: R. B. Parkinson,Whitfield Diffie,Mary Fischer,R. S. Simpson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520223066

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 1381

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.

A Revolutionary Life

Memoirs of a Political Activist


Author: Lakshmī Sahagala

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 182

View: 6047

It Is Lakshmi Sahgal`S Autobiography In Original And Is One Of The Few First Person Accounts Of The Time, A Document Of Immense Political And Historical Value. Offers A Unique Perspective On Women In Armed Struggle And The Freedom Movement.

Egyptian Diaries

How One Man Unveiled the Mysteries of the Nile


Author: Jean-François Champollion

Publisher: Gibson Square Books

ISBN: 9781903933022

Category: Egypt

Page: 284

View: 9280

This is the first English publication of the Egyptian diaries of the man who, against the odds, broke the code of the Rosetta stone. Peter Clayton provides an authoritative introduction to the book.


Stones of Light


Author: Hervé Champollion

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9780810948433

Category: Photography

Page: 144

View: 6707

A compelling visual record of the great monuments, temples, and palaces of ancient Egypt--by the photographer-descendant of the father of modern Egyptology--traces the history of one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations, documenting what these stone treasures reveal about the Egyptian religion, military campaigns, everyday life, royalty, and art.

Seeker of Knowledge

The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs


Author: James Rumford

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547530741

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 7323

In 1802, Jean-Francois Champollion was eleven years old. That year, he vowed to be the first person to read Egypt’s ancient hieroglyphs. Champollion’s dream was to sail up the Nile in Egypt and uncover the secrets of the past, and he dedicated the next twenty years to the challenge. James Rumford introduces the remarkable man who deciphered the ancient Egyptian script and fulfilled a lifelong dream in the process. Stunning watercolors bring Champollion’s adventure to life in a story that challenges the mind and touches the heart.

The Keys of Egypt

The Race to Crack the Hieroglyph Code


Author: Lesley Adkins,Roy Adkins

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780060953492

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 6807

The fascinating true tale of Jean Frantois Champollion chronicles the French linguist's successful efforts to decipher the Egyptian hieroglyphics with the help of the Rosetta Stone over the course of nearly two decades. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris


Author: Andrew Robinson

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500770778

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 168

View: 985

“Highly readable . . . a fitting tribute to the quiet outsider who taught the professionals their business and increased our knowledge of the human past.”—Archaeology Odyssey More than a century ago, in 1900, one of the great archaeological finds of all time was made in Crete. Arthur Evans discovered what he believed was the palace of King Minos, with its notorious labyrinth, home of the Minotaur. As a result, Evans became obsessed with one of the epic intellectual stories of the modern era: the search for the meaning of Linear B, the mysterious script found on clay tablets in the ruined palace. Evans died without achieving his objective, and it was left to the enigmatic Michael Ventris to crack the code in 1952. This is the first book to tell not just the story of Linear B but also that of the young man who deciphered it. Based on hundreds of unpublished letters, interviews with survivors, and other primary sources, Andrew Robinson’s riveting account takes the reader through the life of this intriguing and contradictory man. Stage by stage, we see how Ventris finally achieved the breakthrough that revealed Linear B as the earliest comprehensible European writing system.


The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate


Author: Ivor Noël Hume

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813931401

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 301

View: 4442

The Italian son of a barber. A failed hydraulic engineer. A giant who performed feats of strength and agility in the circus. Giovanni Belzoni (1778–1824) was all of these before going on to become one of the most controversial figures in the history of Egyptian archaeology. A man of exceptional size with an ego of comparable proportions, he procured for the British Museum some of its largest and still awe-inspiring treasures. Today, however, the typical museum visitor knows nothing of Belzoni, and many modern archaeologists dismiss him as an ignorant vandal. In this captivating new biography, Ivor Noël Hume re-creates an early nineteenth century in which there was no established archaeological profession, only enormous opportunity. Belzoni landed in Egypt, where he was unsuccessful in selling a hydraulic machine of his own invention, and came under the patronage of diplomat Henry Salt, who convinced him to travel to Thebes in search of artifacts. Among the many treasures Belzoni would bring back was the seven-ton stone head of Ramesses II, the "Young Memnon." The book includes gripping accounts of Belzoni’s wildly productive, and physically brutal, expeditions, as well as an unforgettable portrait of his wife, Sarah, who suffered the hardships of the Egyptian deserts and later bore the brunt of the disillusionment that came with the declining popular perception of her husband. Including numerous illustrations, many in color, this volume brings one of archaeology’s most fascinating figures vividly to life.

The Rosetta Stone

Facsimile Drawing


Author: Stephen Quirke,Carol Andrews

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated

ISBN: 9780810915725

Category: History

Page: 24

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The Great Belzoni

The Circus Strongman Who Discovered Egypt's Ancient Treasure


Author: Stanley Mayes

Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

ISBN: 085771306X

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 3711

The truly extraordinary life story of Giovanni Belzoni: engineer, barber, monk, actor and strongman in a circus, where he earned his title, ‘The Great Belzoni’, who became one of the giants of 19th century Egyptian archaeology. Sometimes maligned as a tomb robber, Giovanni Battista Belzoni is perhaps the most important and yet least remembered explorer and archaeologist of the last two hundred years. After a failed business venture in Egypt, attempting to sell a patent water wheel to the Pasha, he undertook one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever. Under seeming impossible conditions, Belzoni transported the colossal granite head of Ramesses II from Thebes to England, where it is now one of the treasures of the British Museum. He went on to excavate the great temple of Abu Simbel, discover six major royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, including that of Seti I, and provide the British Museum with a spectacular collection of Egyptian antiquities. Giovanni Belzoni was the first person to penetrate the heart of the second pyramid at Giza and the first European to visit the oasis of Siwah and discover the ruined city of Berenice on the Red Sea. His exhibitions and best-selling memoirs made him a major celebrity in Regency London where he was a huge influence on the vogue for Egyptian style in art, design and architecture. In 1823, at the age of forty-five, Belzoni died of fever trying to reach the mysterious city of Timbuktu.

The Linguist and the Emperor

Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone


Author: Daniel Meyerson

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0345448723

Category: History

Page: 276

View: 4197

Recounts the dramatic story of the race between Napoleon and linguist Jean-Francois Champollion to break the code of the Rosetta Stone, from its discovery and the early efforts to secure it, to the impact the stone had on the lives of everyone who encountered it. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 14,000 first printing.

My Journey to Egypt


Author: Jean-Francois Champollion

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783341078


Page: 288

View: 3682

The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt


Author: John Ray

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674069110

Category: Travel

Page: 208

View: 3016

The Rosetta Stone is one of the world’s great wonders, attracting awed pilgrims by the tens of thousands each year. This book tells the Stone’s story, from its discovery by Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt to its current—and controversial— status as the single most visited object on display in the British Museum.

Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries Within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia

And of a Journey to the Coast of the Red Sea in Search of the Ancient Berenice, and of Another to the Oasis of Jupiter Ammon


Author: Giovanni Battista Belzoni,Mrs. Belzoni (Sarah)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Egypt

Page: 483

View: 5717

After briefly studying hydraulics in Rome, the young Belzoni spent several years leading a vagabond existence and eventually ended up in London as a professional muscleman. Traveling with a troupe of entertainers, Belzoni was on his way to Constantinople when he learned there was a need for hydraulic engineers in Egypt. While there, he befriended the British consul, who eventually offered him a position working in archaeology for the British government. Belzoni's discoveries, many of which are now housed in the British Museum, made him a celebrity in England. Over time his interest turned from the recovery of individual objects to the excavation and recording of monuments. Upon his return to Europe in 1819, Belzoni wrote of his archaeological discoveries in his "Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids," which was published along with a set of forty-four images that he faithfully copied from various Egyptian tombs. The book was a tremendous success and was soon translated into French and Italian as well as edited into a smaller edition aimed at a more popular audience. -- MMA website.

Belzoni's Travels

Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries in Egypt and Nubia


Author: Giovanni Battista Belzoni

Publisher: N.A


Category: Egypt

Page: 336

View: 8830

Republished for the first time in unabridged form, Belzoni's travel journal recreates the magical atmosphere of Egypt in 1815 to 1819. Belzoni was the first to enter and describe monuments such as the temple at Abu Simbel, and the tomb of Seti I.

The Last Man Who Knew Everything

Thomas Young, the Anonymous Genius Who Proved Newton Wrong and Deciphered the Rosetta Stone, Among Other Surprising Feats


Author: Andrew Robinson

Publisher: Plume Books

ISBN: 9780452288058

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 6931

Describes the remarkable Thomas Young, who made major contributions in such fields as physics, languages, and music and was instrumental in the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone.

The Code Breaker's Secret Diaries

The Perilous Expedition Through Plague-ridden Egypt to Uncover the Ancient Mysteries of the Hieroglyphs


Author: Jean-François Champollion

Publisher: Gibson Square Books

ISBN: 9781903933831

Category: Egypt

Page: 288

View: 8670

The most controversial subjects of the 19th century were first the hieroglyphs and later Darwinism. The hieroglyphs potentially offered a rival record of history that challenged the truthfulness of the Bible. These are the secret diary notes Champollion made on his trip to Egypt in 1828.

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb


Author: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0809093553

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 160

View: 1372

A graphic novel account of the race to construct the first atomic bomb and the decision to drop it, tracing the early research, the heated debates, and profiles of forefront Manhattan Project contributors.

The Rosetta stone


Author: Carol Andrews

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780714109312

Category: History

Page: 31

View: 8036