The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone

[the Story of the Decoding of Hieroglyphics]

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the saga of the Rosetta stone, from its discovery in 1799 by a French officer serving in Napoleon's Egyptian expedition, to the remarkable competition that ensued for possession of the stone, to the intellectual quest to decode its inscription.

Perseus Publishing
In July 1799, a French officer serving in Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition unearthed a granite block bearing text in three different scripts — Greek, demotic Egyptian, and hieroglyphics. Following the discovery, a remarkable competition ensued for possession of the stone as well as for decoding its inscription. Using all the elements of a detective thriller, the authors, a well-known novelist and a leading Egyptologist, tell the story of international intrigue surrounding the intellectual quest to crack the stone’s code — the key to reading ancient Egyptian texts for the first time in 14 centuries. Also included are reproductions of the stone and its inscriptions as well as portraits of the key figures involved in its translation.

In July 1799, a French officer serving in Napoleon's Egyptian expedition unearthed a granite block bearing text in three different scripts — Greek, demotic Egyptian, and hieroglyphics. Following the discovery, a remarkable competition ensued for possession of the stone as well as for decoding its inscription. Using all the elements of a detective thriller, the authors, a well-known novelist and a leading Egyptologist, tell the story of international intrigue surrounding the intellectual quest to crack the stone's code — the key to reading ancient Egyptian texts for the first time in 14 centuries. Also included are reproductions of the stone and its inscriptions as well as portraits of the key figures involved in its translation.


Book News
SolT (an Egyptian novelist and journalist) and Valbelle (Egyptology, U. of Lille III, France) recount the story of the Rosetta stone for scholars and the general reader. Coverage includes the stone's discovery by one of Napoleon's officers, its theft by the British, and the eventual cracking of the code by French orientalist Jean-Francois Champollion. Black and white maps, photographs, and drawings of hieroglyphics accompany the text. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002
ISBN: 9781568582269
1568582269
Branch Call Number: 493.1 SOL
Characteristics: 184 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Rendall, Steven
Valbelle, Dominique

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