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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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The Discovery of Ancient Egypt

The Discovery of Ancient Egypt

(p.97) 5 The Discovery of Ancient Egypt
Wonderful Things

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

With the advent of the Napoleonic Expedition to Egypt in 1798, Egypt came fully into European awareness. Although the expedition was primarily military and colonial in intent, and although it ultimately failed, it also brought unprecedented attention to ancient Egypt with the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and publication of the great Description de l’Égypte. Napoleon took with him a large commission of scholars, or savants, that included such luminaries as the artist Vivant Denon and mathematician Joseph Fourier, who documented ancient Egypt to an unprecedented degree. Egyptian antiquities began to flood into Europe and especially into the British Museum after the British appropriated most of those that the French had assembled in Egypt.

Keywords:   Napoleon Bonaparte, Vivant Denon, Joseph Fourier, Rosetta Stone, Description de l’Égypte, British Museum, savants

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