Prologue: Egyptomania; 1. Hieroglyphic `Delirium' before Champollion; 2. A Revolutionary Childhood; 3. Reluctant Schoolboy; 4. Egypt Encountered; 5. Paris and the Rosetta Stone; 6. Teenage Professor; 7. The Race Begins; 8. Napoleon and Champollion; 9. Exile and Revolt; 10. Breakthrough; 11. An Egyptian Renaissance; 12. Curator at the Louvre; 13. To Egypt, At Last; 14. In Search of Ramesses; 15. First Professor of Egyptology; 16. The Hieroglyphs after Champollion; Postscript: Geniuses and Polymaths
Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Jean-Francois Champollion, widely regarded as the founder of Egyptology and the man who finally interpreted the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt
Andrew Robinson has written more than 25 books on the arts and sciences. They include Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts, India: A Short History and Earthshock, which won the Association of Earth Science Editors Outstanding Publication Award, plus Earth-Shattering Events . A regular contributor to such magazines as Current World Archaeology, History Today, The Lancet, Nature and Science, he has also been literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge.
'This is a spirited account of a fascinating subject: the birth of
Egyptology' - John Ray, author of 'The Rosetta Stone and the
Rebirth of Ancient Egypt'
'An entertaining, highly readable and authoritative biography of the greatest decipherer of all time, the man who almost single-handedly enabled us to read the hitherto mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphs' - Michael D. Coe, author of 'Breaking the Maya Code'
'At last, a definitive biography of Champollion in English! ... A memorable, enjoyable and beautifully written historical detective story' - Brian Fagan, author of 'The Rape of the Nile', and 'Floods, Famines and Emperors'
'Robinson's biography is a most welcome and long-overdue study in English of an enigmatic and still controversial genius. His splendidly produced and absorbing book should be in every Egyptologist's library' - Egyptian Archaeology