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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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Arrested Development

Arrested Development

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Wonderful Things

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

The impressive Egyptological momentum of the 1820s and 1830s was not fully maintained in the years that immediately followed. When Champollion died in his early 40s there was no one to replace him. His brother Jacques-Joseph Champollion-Figeac saw Champollion's remaining publications through press, but without correcting or improving them, while refusing to cooperate with others who might have helped. The scholars who succeeded Champollion in his academic post at the Collège de France and at the Louvre were unable to advance his work. In Britain, the promising work of the Rev. Edward Hincks, a pioneer in hieratic studies, languished for lack of support. Robert Hay, having accomplished so much in Egypt, lost interest and left his large portfolio unpublished. It was the same with William John Bankes. John Gardner Wilkinson, now Sir Gardner Wilkinson, having made a great impression with his Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians, could not find significant ways to move ahead, although he was convinced that much of value remained in his papers. Edward William Lane was unable to find a publisher for his major work about ancient Egypt.

Keywords:   Jacques-Joseph Champollion-Figeac, Edward Hincks, Robert Hay, William John Bankes, Sir Gardner Wilkinson, Edward William Lane

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