As a child Jean Fran ois Champollion had but one fervent wish to travel to Egypt and solve the mystery of the ancient hieroglyphs Finally, a brief lull in the Mediterranean war against the Ottoman Sultan offered his expedition a window of a few days to disembark on 31 July 1822 Egypt proved a treacherous place, and not only because it was part of the Ottoman Empire Champollion s secret diary entries vividly chronicle the dangers, his exhilarated enthusiasm for the subjugated country, and not least the remarkable discoveries that were to found the new science of Egyptology Of the twelve expedition members only a few survived its hardships Champollion accomplished his dream, but he, too, paid the price when he died at the age of 41....
|Title||:||The Code-breaker's Secret Diaries: Rediscovering Ancient Egypt|
|Publisher||:||Gibson Square Books Ltd Revised ed edition November 1, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||979 KB|
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The Code-breaker's Secret Diaries: Rediscovering Ancient Egypt Reviews
"The Code-breaker's Secret Diaries: Rediscovering Ancient Egypt" by Jean-Francois Champollion is one of the great unknown masterworks on Ancient Egypt. Written by the man who was the first human to discover how to read the lost language of the Pharaohs, this documentation of the journey he took to Egypt in 1828 to test his ability in the field in reading the history of the Ancient Egyptians is one of the most exciting books of discovery one can read. "The Code-breaker's Secret Diaries" is one of those uncanny volumes where you feel you are traveling right along with Champollion in Egypt, and the writing is so fresh and vital and passionate that you believe you are in the presence of a living human being, though this great man has been gone since 1832. What was it like to be the first human to understand the world of Ancient Egypt, knowledge that had been lost for nearly 1,000 years? Well, this great genius will tell you - and does so clearly and simply and fills one with awe, not only of the majesty of thought and action of the Ancient Egyptians, but of the greatness of Champollion himself, a man alive to the world in a way few ever know. It is hard to believe that a fine hardback edition of one of the most important works on Ancient Egypt does not exist. But, nevertheless, this is a true masterpiece not to be missed if you love the magnificence and mystery of Ancient Egypt.
I went to Egypt 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I was on land or in the air most of the time. I wish I could have been with Champollion traveling along the Nile. The excitement of discovery must have been overwhelming at times.
Very good edition. Champollion's descriptions could make anyone a scholar in studying ancient Egypt. So glad it included pictures and detailed annotations at the end. Very quickly read, couldn't put it down.
It is a very interesting book if you like history, I find a lot answer for my question, highly recommended.
Am exploring translation of hyroglyphics of Champollion and Belzoni. Fascinating topic generally as well as explaining how the rosetta stone was used in this pursuit.
Very good, any eye opener to what he thought felt and never mentioned. Very telling how he was a one tracked minded person!