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An epic story of how hieroglyphs were deciphered,
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This review is from: The Keys of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs (Hardcover)
The authors have done a marvellous job in telling the story of how hieroglyphs were deciphered by the Frenchman Champollion, and the bitter rivalry between him and other scholars, especially the English scientist Thomas Young. In an exciting story, the action shifts from Napoleon's conquest of Egypt, where the thirsty soldiers went mad because they had never before experienced a mirage, to the political and scholarly intrigues and street fighting of Europe during the Napoleonic wars, and back to Champollion's year-long expedition to Egypt after he had succeeded in reading the hieroglyphs. It is a really good read - a true-life adventure story.
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