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The discovery of Egypt /
Fernand Beaucour, Yves Laissus, Chantal Orgogozo.
imprint
Paris : Flammarion, c1990.
description
271 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 32 cm.
ISBN
2080135066
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imprint
Paris : Flammarion, c1990.
isbn
2080135066
catalogue key
2662860
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-264) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-02-15:
This jewellike album affords an unparalleled glimpse of Egypt as it was experienced by the artists, scientists and scholars who accompanied Napoleon on his expedition of the Nile valley (1798-1801) and by later archeologists and explorers. Bonaparte's invasion, which led to the discovery of the Rosetta stone and the decipherment of its hieroglyphics, helped lay the foundations for Egyptology. The authors discuss the expedition's military exploits, its survey of ancient monuments and its ethnographic fieldwork, amplifying a narrative with diary excerpts, letters and 240 plates (half in color), including nature studies, portraits, shimmering seascapes and landscapes. Oils, watercolors, engravings and drawings--made by members of Napoleon's expedition and their successors--provide rare, unspoiled views of tomb paintings, temple interiors, pyramids, the Sphinx and zodiacs carved on ceilings. The impact of the Egyptian Revival on Europe's visual arts, architecture, music and literature is also examined. Beaucour is president of the Center for Napoleonic Studies in Paris; Laissus, a French historian; Orgogozo, a French curator. (Mar.)
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Table of Contents
Forewordp. 6
The Military Enterprisep. 9
The Invasionp. 13
Egypt under Bonapartep. 34
The End of the Adventurep. 56
The Scholars in Egyptp. 69
The Creation of the Commission for Arts and Sciencesp. 69
The Egyptian Institute and the Scholars' Life in Cairop. 81
Conte's Machine Shop and the Printing Pressp. 88
The Scholars' Travels and Fieldworkp. 98
A Reversal of Fortunesp. 120
The Archaeological Conquestp. 137
The First Archaeologistsp. 144
Denon and the Exploration of Upper Egyptp. 152
The Early Publicationsp. 178
The description de l'Egyptep. 188
The Birth of Egyptologyp. 203
The Egyptian Revivalp. 203
Egypt and the Arts in the 1830sp. 213
The Scramble for Antiquitiesp. 223
The Key to the Hieroglyphsp. 236
Champollion's Successorsp. 252
Glossary of Titles and Termsp. 260
Notesp. 260
Chronologyp. 260
Bibliographyp. 262
List of Illustrationsp. 265
Indexp. 269
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