Deciphering hieroglyphics

1822 Deciphering hieroglyphics

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Tom Sharp

Jean François Champollion linguistics Deciphering hieroglyphics

Deciphering hieroglyphics


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Champollion was an incredible linguist. He knew Coptic by the age of 16. By the age of 20, “he could also speak Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Amharic, Sanskrit, Avestan, Pahlavi, Arabic, Syriac, Chaldean, Persian, and Ge'ez in addition to his native French.”

The fact that knowledge of the relation between Egyptian and Coptic was lost for centuries is an example of the destructiveness of religious bigotry, culturalism, and nationalism.

Egyptian hieroglyphics retain their occult, mystical, and magical connotations in Western culture. The Rosicrucians, for example, borrow Egyptian mysteries (as well as Greek and Druidic).

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