L'Aventure du déchiffrement des hiéroglyphes
Jean-François Champollion, Jacques-Joseph Champollion
A 17-year-old teenager tackles the Rosetta Stone and pierces a thousand-year-old mystery: such is the “Champollion myth”, but what was the reality? How did he do it?The answer lies in Champollion's own words, disclosed thanks to this unpublished selection drawn from the correspondence between Jean-François and his brother Jacques-Joseph, a benevolent and rigorous mentor, a protective and demanding elder. Lively, moving, and rich in picturesque details, the exchanges between the two brothers reveal their emotional and intellectual ties, as well as their reasoning and research. It is by working hand in hand that the hieroglyphic system was deciphered and translated. Presented, annotated and enriched with contextual inserts making them very accessible, these letters invite the reader to a fascinating journey, a journey into the intimacy of one of the most spectacular discoveries in history: after 1500 years, ancient Egypt has spoken again. Born in 1983, Karine Madrigal is an Egyptologist. She has worked for the Egyptology collection of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon. Since 2010 her research focuses on the 60 volumes of the Champollion archives.