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Wonderful ThingsA History of Egyptology: 1: From Antiquity to 1881$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165993

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165993.001.0001

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Ancient Egypt in the Age of the Enlightenment

Ancient Egypt in the Age of the Enlightenment

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(p.75) 4 Ancient Egypt in the Age of the Enlightenment
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Wonderful Things
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Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165993.003.0004

Interest in Egypt, nurtured during the Renaissance, took firmer root within the context of the Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, with its interest in different and exotic cultures, past and present, and its more critical approach. A number of notable travelers appeared on the Nile, the best prepared and the most acute being the Jesuit Father Sicard. Unfortunately, most of Sicard's records were lost, but others like Paul Lucas, Frederik Ludwig Norden, and James Bruce, to mention only some, left important records of their journeys. European governments sponsored research expeditions to Egypt. Coptic studies continued to advance. Claude Etienne Savary and Constantin Volney surveyed the country with incipient imperialist assessments.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, Father Claude Sicard, Paul Lucas, Richard Pococke, Frederik Ludwig Norden, James Bruce, Coptic Studies, Claude Etienne Savary, Constantin Volney

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