By John Ray
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The Rosetta Stone is likely one of the world's nice wonders, attracting awed pilgrims via the tens of millions every year. This e-book tells the Stone's tale, from its discovery through Napoleon's day trip to Egypt to its current--and controversial-- prestige because the unmarried such a lot visited item on show within the British Museum.
A pharaoh's forgotten decree, lower in granite in 3 scripts--Egyptian hieroglyphs, Egyptian demotic, and historic Greek--the Rosetta Stone promised to unencumber the door to the language of historic Egypt and its 3,000 years of civilization, if simply it may be deciphered. shooting the drama of the race to decode this key to the traditional earlier, John Ray strains the trails pursued by way of the British polymath Thomas younger and Jean-Francois Champollion, the "father of Egyptology" finally credited with interpreting Egyptian hieroglyphs. He exhibits how Champollion "broke the code" and explains extra quite often how such interpreting is completed, in addition to its serious function within the heritage of Egyptology. Concluding with a bankruptcy at the political and cultural controversy surrounding the Stone, the booklet additionally contains an appendix with an entire translation of the Stone's text.
Rich in anecdote and curious lore, The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of historic Egypt is an excellent and often fun advisor to 1 of history's nice mysteries and marvels.