The life of J.D. Åkerblad [electronic resource] : Egyptian decipherment and Orientalism in revolutionary times / by Fredrik Thomasson.
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
- Brill's Studies in Intellectual History 213.
Brill's studies in intellectual history, 0920-8607 ; v. 213
1 online resource (503 p.)
- Middle East specialists -- Biography.
Diplomats -- Sweden -- Biography.
Linguists -- Biography.
Europe -- History -- 1789-1900.
Europe -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
Europe -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Åkerblad, Johan David, 1763-1819.
- Electronic books.
- Johan DavidÅkerblad (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 Italy. Of humble birth, he was a supporter of the French Revolution – something that stymied his career. His life cannot be understood in a purely Swedish national framework, and this study firmly situates him as an international scholar. The book discusses European expansion in the Eastern Mediterranean during the tumultuous decades around the year 1800, and tracesÅkerblad’s momentous life in relation to the debates on ‘orientalism,’ the tradition of classical studies and the history of science.
- pt. 1. The making of a diplomat and orientalist
pt. 2. 1789-1801 : revolution and turmoil
pt. 3. Reading Egyptian : deciphering the Rosetta inscriptions
pt. 4. The Napoleonic wars and restoration in Italy.
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1163/9789004236356 DOI
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