Cracking the Egyptian Code

The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion



ISBN: 9780500296929 Category:

Andrew Robinson


An updated edition of this acclaimed book, now with a new preface and published to tie in with the bicentenary of Champollion’s breakthrough in 1822.

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 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.

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Weight 304 g
Dimensions 13.1 x 19.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 30 October 2022
Number of pages 304
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 13.1 x 19.8 cm
Weight 304 g


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Andrew Robinson is the author of twenty-five books in the arts and sciences, including India: A Short History, The Man Who Deciphered Linear B and The Story of Writing, all published by Thames & Hudson.