Cracking the Egyptian Code

The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion


The first biography in English of Jean-François Champollion, the genius who unlocked the secret of the hieroglyphs.


ISBN: 9780500294178 Category:

Andrew Robinson


Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Jean-François Champollion, the impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution who made the vital breakthrough in deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs. This finely illustrated account charts Champollion’s dramatic life and achievements: by turns a teenage professor, a supporter of Napoleon, an exile, a fanatical decipherer and a curator at the Louvre, he lived life to the full but drove himself into an early grave. Andrew Robinson’s full-blooded account brings the man, his setbacks and his ultimate triumphs vividly to life.

Additional information

Weight 301 g
Dimensions 11.9 x 20.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 January 2018
Number of pages 304
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 11.9 x 20.1 cm
Weight 301 g


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