October 20, 2015

Ippolito Rosellini: The Monuments of Egypt And Nubia


This is a beautiful book and it was illustrated by Ippolito Rosellini.


He had been on an expedition to Egypt with his friend, Jean-François Champollion, the man who eventually deciphered the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone. He did this by learning the Coptic language, and realising that the pictures in the cartouches represented letters.



Text for the book was later added by Franco Serino. It is still available and I am glad I have it.

Their expedition was financed by Charles X of France and Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany in in 1828.

Because both Champollion and Rosellini knew how to read hieroglyphics they had a huge advantage over previous expeditions, such as the ones of Giovanni Belzoni who had collected items for the British Museum prior to this.

Belzoni is credited with discovering many tombs, and the temple at Abu Simbel which was moved - an amazing feat of international engineering - so that the temple would not be submerged by the Nile. 

This enabled the building of the Aswan Dam. It was completed in 1970.

By the time Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922 his knowledge of hieroglyphics was a huge advantage.



Archeology in Egypt is ongoing. With today's technology, like satellites and carbon dating, more and more is still being discovered.

Picture credits with many thanks to Em Hotep Digest, UNESCO and others from previous posts on this blog. Both sites I have mentioned have more excellent information.

For Claudette ♥

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