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Book Title: Champollion the Egyptian|
The author of the book: Christian Jacq
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Date of issue: 2003
ISBN 13: 9780671028565
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The book is about the race for public recognition to be the first to decipher the Egyption hieroglyphics on the Rosetta stone, which would in time open up a whole new branch in science. Christian Jacq really captures the Zeitgeist with this one, and tells the story with great insight, passion and also compassion for those involved. It may be hard for us to understand what it was like in the Victorian era, but with so many new discoveries being made in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th, we learned more during those short years than we had at any time in human existence.
The author captures the spirit of the age really well and the desire of self-made men like Champollion to shine and distinguish themselves is as real today as it was then. Rivalry between factions of scientists are also as common today as they were then and the bitchiness with which scientists and charlatans alike treat each other hasn't changed one bit.
A great holiday read for anyone interested in history in general and Egypt in particular. There are few authors who know their subject as well as Mr Jacq and his love for all things Egyptian really "jumps off the page".
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Read information about the authorChristian Jacq is a French author and Egyptologist. He has written several novels about ancient Egypt, notably a five book suite about pharaoh Ramses II, a character whom Jacq admires greatly.
Jacq's interest in Egyptology began when he was thirteen, and read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacques Pirenne. This inspired him to write his first novel. He first visited Egypt when he was seventeen, went on to study Egyptology and archaeology at the Sorbonne, and is now one of the world's leading Egyptologists.
By the time he was eighteen, he had written eight books. His first commercially successful book was Champollion the Egyptian, published in 1987. As of 2004 he has written over fifty books, including several non-fiction books on the subject of Egyptology.
He and his wife later founded the Ramses Institute, which is dedicated to creating a photographic description of Egypt for the preservation of endangered archaeological sites.
Between 1995-1997, he published his best selling five book suite Ramsès, which is today published in over twenty-five countries. Each volume encompasses one aspect of Ramesses' known historical life, woven into a fictional tapestry of the ancient world for an epic tale of love, life and deceit.
Jacq's series describes a vision of the life of the pharaoh: he has two vile power-hungry siblings, Shanaar, his decadent older brother, and Dolora, his corrupted older sister who married his teacher. In his marital life, he first has Isetnofret (Iset) as a mistress (second Great Wife), meets his true love Nefertari (first Great Wife) and after their death, gets married to Maetnefrure in his old age. Jacq gives Ramesses only three biological children: Kha'emweset, Meritamen (she being the only child of Nefertari, the two others being from Iset) and Merneptah. The other "children" are only young officials trained for government and who are nicknamed "sons of the pharaoh".
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