Cracking Codes: The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 208 pages
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Publication to accompany a major 1999 exhibition at the British Museum celebrating the bicentenary of the Stone's discovery, and including a selective catalogue of the exhibits. It also examines the wider issues of script and writing in ancient Egypt and beyond, for example, the relationship between hieroglyphs and art, the social prestige of literacy, and the practical aspects of writing (scibal exquipment and training). Other issues in decipherment are also discussed, such as Linear B and Meroitic, a language which still remains to be read.
 

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Contents

List of abbreviations and conventions
7
Among the Ruined Languages
14
Discovery
19
The Original Context of the Rosetta Stone
25
The Decipherment of the Rosetta Stone
31
The Rosetta Stone after Champollion
41
The Egyptian Language
47
The Classical Egyptian Writing System
56
Further Codes to Crack
176
Other Deciphered and Undeciphered Scripts
184
Decipherment versus Cryptanalysis
190
APPENDIX
198
Chronology
204
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Richard Parkinson is Assistant Keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum specializing in hieratic papyri and epigraphy. His publications include Voices from Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Middle Kingdom Writings (1991), Papyrus (with S. Quirke) and The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Egyptian Poems, 1940-1640 B.C.

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