Cracking Codes: The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment
University of California Press, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 208 pages
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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List of abbreviations and conventions
Among the Ruined Languages
The Original Context of the Rosetta Stone
The Decipherment of the Rosetta Stone
The Rosetta Stone after Champollion
The Egyptian Language
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18th Dynasty 19th Dynasty acquired alphabet Amenhotep Amennakht Amun ancient Egypt Ancient Egyptian Antiquities archaeological artefacts bibliography British Museum Cairo caption cartouche carved century Champollion cm 19th cm,W cm.W consonants context Coptic copy cultural cursive hieroglyphs cursive script decipherment Decree Deir el-Bahri Deir el-Medina demotic Egyptian hieroglyphs Egyptian script Egyptology example figure fragment funerary stela gods Greek hieratic hiero hieroglyphic script hieroglyphic signs Hieroglyphic Texts hitherto unpublished incised inscribed inscription King language letter limestone linguistic literary logogram London Lord Middle Egyptian Middle Kingdom modern monuments obelisk offering Old Kingdom original Osiris ostracon Oxford painted papyrus Period phonetic pictorial placed priests probably Provenance unrecorded Purchased Ptolemy Ramesside Ramses Ramses II reading right records right to left Rosetta Stone royal scene scholars showing statue stela sun-disk sun-god temp temple Thoth tomb translation transliteration true-of-voice vertical lines votive words World's Writing Systems written