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The Rosetta Stone: The Story of the Decoding of Hieroglyphics [Format Kindle]

Robert Sole

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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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 192 pages
  • Editeur : Basic Books; Édition : First Trade Paper Edition (9 mai 2002)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A very light read - in everyway 20 juillet 2009
Par LHN - Publié sur Amazon.com
I was looking very forward to reading about the Rosetta Stone after seeing it in the British Museum. What should be a very interesting and in many ways an exciting story, was turned into a boring, quickly read, fact-based book which offered no insight or understanding into how the translation of hieroglyphics was accomplished. The book can be summed up in one sentence: "Someone found this stone with 3 types of writing on it and then a few other people figured out how to translate hieroglyphics from it." The end.

I was not expecting the book to teach me how to translate, nor become a expert myself, but I did expect to gain some understanding of how the process worked, how difficult it was, and some of the dead-ends that occurred. There was absolutely no insight as to how it was done. They did not even cover the side stories of people who claimed to be able to read hieroglyphics, which is fascinating in and of itself. Again, the book skimmed right over this whole topic. It was more educating and interesting to read the topic on Wikipedia then to read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The amazing and true story of the Rosetta Stone 11 août 2002
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
Collaboratively written by novelist and journalist Robert Sole and Egyptologist Dominique Valbelle (President of the French Egyptological Society), The Rosetta Stone: The Story Of The Decoding Of Hieroglyphics is the amazing and true story of the Rosetta Stone, from its discovery by Napoleon's army during their sojourn in Egypt, to how the Rosetta Stone became the key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics -- which had not been used as a written language for over fourteen centuries. An amazing saga about the reclamation of history itself, The Rosetta Stone is a highly recommended addition to both school and community library Archaeology and Egyptology reference collections.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Academic and Dull 13 juillet 2005
Par MaggieApril - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an English translation of a French publication. I chose it based on the favorable reviews it received and was extremely disappointed. The Rosetta Stone is a fascinating subject and an important find, yet I found this hard to read (boring) and difficult to follow (many facts, little in the way of explanation.) I have not read any of the other books Amazon carries on this subject and am therefore unable to make another recommendation, but if I had it to do over again, I would purchase a different title.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The birth of archaeological linguistics 18 décembre 2005
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is highly useful to understand in plain language the real endeavour of archaeologists when confronted to the Rosetta Stone at teh beginning of the 19th century, to the various writing systems of the old dead Egyptian language. These archaeologists had to become linguists and that was difficult for them because they did not have the slightest idea of how a language can work. The first attempts failed because they did not take into account the fact that the signs they were trying to understand and identify were a writing system for a particular language that you had to visualize as a language in order to understand the writing system. The key for that was also to visualize the various uses and hence discursive situations that this language and its writing systems (there were three writing systems for the old Egyptian language before the final coptic one took over before Arabic arrived) were supposed to satisfy. The break-through effort came from Jean François Champollion who stated that after all the hieroglyphs were an overall alphabetical writing system. From there came the penetration of the language that today we know pretty well. This book is honest about the various contributions of different people at the time and the value of each one of them, with Champollion's attempt being the main step towards a full understanding of the language. The book also concentrates on the particular role of the Rosetta Stone and all the events happening around it, particularly the national embroglio between England and France as for the righteous ownership of it, only solved in 1972 after a discreet but effective intervention of Queen Elizabeth II. An essential book for those who want to understand how linguists decipher strange languages and how linguists reconstruct dead languages, but also how humanity invented writing systems corresponding both to the languages they transcribed and the uses they were supposed to satisfy. The methods have not basically changed since Champollion, and that must be his essential merit.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Université Paris Dauphine, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Filled with insights and a sense of action 7 juillet 2002
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Rosetta Stone shares the history of the Rosetta stone that contained text written in early Greek, Egyptian and hieroglyphs enabling a link to a longlost language. From its discovery in 1799 to its theft from the French by the British army and the studies which have lead to earth shaking linguistic discoveries, The Rosetta Stone is filled with insights and a sense of action.
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