Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion Hardcover – 16 Apr 2012
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This is a spirited account of a fascinating subject: the birth of Egyptology. --John Ray, author of The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt
At last, a definitive biography of Champollion in English! ... A memorable, enjoyable and beautifully written historical detective story. --Brian Fagan, author of The Rape of the Nile and Floods, Famines and Emperors
An entertaining, highly readable and authoritative biography of the greatest decipherer of all time, the man who almost single-handedly enabled us to read the hitherto mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphs. --Michael D. Coe, author of Breaking the Maya Code
Andrew Robinson ... here shines his lamp of Diogenes on the Frenchman who broke the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic code, illuminating anew Jean-Francois Champollion's fascinating life as well as his prodigiously fertile work. --Paul Cartledge, author of Alexander the Great and Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities
Highly readable ... a thorough, comprehensive account of the father of Egyptology and a very enjoyable read ... handsome and well recommended. --Scottish Pharaonic
Robinson's biography is a most welcome and long-overdue study in English of an enigmatic and still controversial genius. His splendidly produced and absorbing book should be in every Egyptologist's library. --Peter Clayton, Egyptian Archaeology: The Bulletin of the Egypt Exploration Society
Robinson's trademark approach insightful presentation of the context of research, understanding of the individual through archival investigation, and clear explanation of the script that is being deciphered Is immediately apparent in Cracking the Egyptian code. --Antiquity
Fills a yawning gap in Britain, providing a definitive modern history. --History Today
An important book ... Robinson has drawn on a substantial literature but the real work in here is admirably his own --The Independent
Very readable ... especially good at placing the politically radical Champollion in the historical context of post-revolutionary France --Eastern Daily Press
A feast ... [Champollion's story] is brought out by Robinson with verve, elegance and perception. --The Financial Times
About the Author
Andrew Robinson is a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, Literary Editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, and author of over 20 books, including Sudden Genius: The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs, The Story of Writing, Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction, and The Last Man Who Knew Everything.
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