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The life of J.D. Åkerblad : Egyptian decipherment and orientalism in revolutionary times

Author: Fredrik Thomasson
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, ©2013.
Series: Brill's studies in intellectual history, v. 213.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Johan David Åkerblad (1763-1819) contributed to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs and Demotic and is known as a predecessor of Jean-François Champollion. This intellectual biography offers a new and less heroic interpretation of the first reading of the Egyptian scripts. Åkerblad, an exceptional linguist, was a diplomat and orientalist who spent several decades living in the Ottoman Empire, France and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Johan David Åkerblad; Johan David Åkerblad; Johan David °Akerblad
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fredrik Thomasson
ISBN: 9789004211162 9004211160 9789004236356 900423635X
OCLC Number: 804049609
Description: xiv, 455 pages : illustrations, 35 color plates, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of Figures, Tables and PlatesAcknowledgementsList of abbreviationsIntroductionPart I - The making of a diplomat and orientalist 1. Family and education 2. Constantinople - city of rumours 3. Diplomacy and intrigue 4. Travel in the East 5. War in Egypt 6. Mixing East and West 7. "The sabre in one hand and the Koran in the other" Part II - 1789-1801: Revolution and turmoil 8. Return to Europe 9. To Constantinople and back 10. "A dangerous man of Enlightenment" 11. The Roman Republic 1798-99 12. Final year in Sweden Part III - Reading Egyptian: deciphering the Rosetta inscriptions 13. "I am alive only in Paris" 14. Akerblad's Rosetta Lettre 15. Geographic competition 16. Egyptology and orientalism Part IV - The Napoleonic wars and Restoration in Italy 17. Book thefts, inkblots and French expropriations 18. Antiquarian in Rome 19. Salons and belle amiche 20. Curses and cabals 21. Oriental Rome 22. Archaeology and art 23. French defeat 24. Digging with the Duchess of Devonshire 25. "Despised by Sweden and by every Swede" ConclusionReferencesIndexes
Series Title: Brill's studies in intellectual history, v. 213.
Responsibility: by Fredrik Thomasson.

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This intellectual biography of Johan David Akerblad (1763-1819) presents a new account of the decipherment of ancient Egyptian. Oriental and classical studies and their entwinement in the turbulent  Read more...

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