The Mystery Of The Hieroglyphs: The Story Of The Rosetta Stone And The Race To Decipher Egyptian Hieroglyphs
- Number of Pages: 48
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
For more than 15 centuries, nobody could read the strange-looking Egyptian hieroglyphs. A final section displays an alphabet of"hieroglyphs"and delivers some fun activities for youngsters based on hieroglyphic writing. And then in 1799 a French soldier in Napoleon's army in Egypt stumbled across the Rosetta Stone, an ancient inscription recorded in Greek, hieroglyphs, and demotic script. Many of the brightest scholars with the time--Egyptologists, historians, and linguists--as well as detectives, professional code breakers, and plain amateurs, all set out to decipher the forgotten words. The book culminates in an edge-of-your-seat description of how the brilliant French archaeologist Champollion finally succeeded in deciphering the hieroglyphs. She compares the hieroglyphic system to modern alphabets in an entertaining narrative complemented with numerous photographs and drawings, maps, historical timelines stretching from ancient Egypt to Napoleon, a glossary, and several sidebars. Carol Donoughue tells us the fascinating story with the hieroglyphs along using the race to decipher them, explaining how this curious writing system began with simple drawings of everyday objects.
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