The Rosetta Stone: And the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt [EPUB]
29 September 2017, 01:44
2014 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780674063945 | 3.75MB
The Rosetta Stone is one of the world's great wonders, attracting awed pilgrims by the tens of thousands each year. This book tells the Stone's story, from its discovery by Napoleon's expedition to Egypt to its current--and controversial-- status as the single most visited object on display in the British Museum.
A pharaoh's forgotten decree, cut in granite in three scripts--Egyptian hieroglyphs, Egyptian demotic, and ancient Greek--the Rosetta Stone promised to unlock the door to the language of ancient Egypt and its 3,000 years of civilization, if only it could be deciphered. Capturing the drama of the race to decode this key to the ancient past, John Ray traces the paths pursued by the British polymath Thomas Young and Jean-Francois Champollion, the "father of Egyptology" ultimately credited with deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs. He shows how Champollion "broke the code" and explains more generally how such deciphering is done, as well as its critical role in the history of Egyptology. Concluding with a chapter on the political and cultural controversy surrounding the Stone, the book also includes an appendix with a full translation of the Stone's text.
Rich in anecdote and curious lore, The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt is a brilliant and frequently amusing guide to one of history's great mysteries and marvels.
Wall Street and the Russian Revolution: 1905-1925 [EPUB]
29 September 2017, 01:43
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781634241236 | 3.57MB
Wall Street and the Russian Revolution will give readers critical insight into what might be called the "Secret History of the 20th century."
The Russian Revolution, like the war in which it was born, represents the real beginning of the modern world. The book will look not just at the sweep of events, but probe the economic, ideological and personal motivations of the key figures involved, revealing heretofore unknown or misunderstood connections. Was Trotsky, for instance, a political genius, an unprincipled egomaniac, or something of each.
Readers should come away with not only a far deeper understanding of what happened in Russia a century ago, but also what happened in America and how that still shapes the relations of the two countries today.
The Ottoman Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia (2 volumes) [EPUB]
28 September 2017, 04:12
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781610693882 | 13.96MB
This two-volume reference provides university and high school students―and the general public―with a wealth of information on one of the most important empires the world has ever known.
- Features approximately 180 entries that cover a wide variety of topics related to political, social, and culture aspects of Ottoman society
- Features numerous primary documents that add to the vividness of the portrayal of individuals and events
- Explores the many countries and numerous ethnic, linguistic, and cultural groups encompassed by the Ottoman Empire
- Shows how, for much of its history, Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived side by side in this vast realm
- Provides the only work of its kind written for university undergraduates, high school students, and the general public