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Mirage : Napoleon's scientists and the unveiling of Egypt

Author: Nina Burleigh
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Two centuries ago, only the most reckless Europeans dared traverse the Middle East. Its history and peoples were the subject of myth and speculation--and no region aroused greater interest than Egypt. It was not until 1798, when an unlikely band of scientific explorers traveled from Paris to the Nile Valley, that Westerners received their first real glimpse of what lay beyond the Mediterranean. Under the command of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nina Burleigh
ISBN: 9780060597672 0060597674 9780060597689 0060597682
OCLC Number: 149630713
Description: xv, 286 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The general --
The geometer and the chemist --
The inventor --
The institute --
The engineers --
The doctors --
The mathematician --
The artist --
The naturalist --
The zoologist --
The stone --
The book --
Epilogue: From Egyptomania to Egyptology.
Responsibility: Nina Burleigh.
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Two centuries ago, only the most reckless Europeans dared traverse the Middle East. Its history and peoples were the subject of myth and speculation--and no region aroused greater interest than Egypt. It was not until 1798, when an unlikely band of scientific explorers traveled from Paris to the Nile Valley, that Westerners received their first real glimpse of what lay beyond the Mediterranean. Under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, a small corps of Paris's brightest left the safety of their laboratories, studios, and classrooms to embark into the unknown--some never to see French shores again. Over 150 astronomers, mathematicians, naturalists, physicists, doctors, chemists, engineers, botanists, artists--even a poet and a musicologist--accompanied Napoleon's troops into Egypt. They approached the land not as colonizers, but as experts in their fields of scholarship, meticulously categorizing and collecting their finds, and secured their place in history as the world's earliest-known archaeologists.--From publisher description.

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