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The Resource The obelisk and the Englishman : the pioneering discoveries of Egyptologist William Bankes, by Dorothy U. Seyler

The obelisk and the Englishman : the pioneering discoveries of Egyptologist William Bankes, by Dorothy U. Seyler

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The obelisk and the Englishman : the pioneering discoveries of Egyptologist William Bankes
Title
The obelisk and the Englishman
Title remainder
the pioneering discoveries of Egyptologist William Bankes
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by Dorothy U. Seyler
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Language
eng
Summary
William John Bankes (1786-1855) was a pioneer in the nascent study of the language, history, and civilization of ancient Egypt. At the Abydos Temple he discovered the King List --a wall of cartouches listing Egyptian kings in chronological order -- which was vital to the decoding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. At Philae he uncovered a fallen obelisk, which he arranged to be transported back to England. And in modern-day Jordan he was the first European to make sketches and site plans of the "lost" city of Petra. Bankes's life was rich and full, and his discoveries have proven to be quite valuable and influential. But, living in an era when homosexuality was a capital offense, he was persecuted for being gay and threatened with imprisonment and execution. His decision to travel and pursue his love of art and architecture went against his father's wishes that he follow in his footsteps and become a politician. Despite such obstacles, Bankes's pioneering work on ancient temples and artifacts now enriches the knowledge of modern Egyptologists, and his art collection and decorative talents can be enjoyed by those who visit his home, a National Trust estate -- with the obelisk from Philae still raised on the south lawn. Enhanced by many of Bankes's drawings and paintings, this engaging story is full of vivid detail about the beginnings of Egyptology, Regency England, and a fascinating individual, and it sets the record straight about Bankes's crucial role in setting the stage for the work of later scholars.--
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Biography type
individual biography
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Seyler, Dorothy U
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Bankes, William John
  • Bankes, William John
  • Egyptologists
  • Egyptology
  • Great Britain
  • Égyptologues
  • Égyptologie
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
  • Egyptologists
  • Egyptology
  • Great Britain
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The obelisk and the Englishman : the pioneering discoveries of Egyptologist William Bankes, by Dorothy U. Seyler
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-292) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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Contents
The second son -- College connections: a brave new world! -- London: politics and power -- Time to get away -- Egypt : a gift of the Nile -- The first Egyptologist -- Daring and perseverance: from the Holy Land to Jerash -- Packed for Petra : paint boxes and guns -- Artists set sail : William begins his great second journey up the Nile -- William meets Rameses II : excavations in Nubia -- Obelisks and king lists : William's discoveries at Philae and Abydos -- The explorer returns -- Fathers and sons -- Final journeys -- Last-and lasting-gifts to the future
Control code
889164195
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781633880368
Lccn
2014047707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650, 655
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)889164195
Label
The obelisk and the Englishman : the pioneering discoveries of Egyptologist William Bankes, by Dorothy U. Seyler
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-292) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The second son -- College connections: a brave new world! -- London: politics and power -- Time to get away -- Egypt : a gift of the Nile -- The first Egyptologist -- Daring and perseverance: from the Holy Land to Jerash -- Packed for Petra : paint boxes and guns -- Artists set sail : William begins his great second journey up the Nile -- William meets Rameses II : excavations in Nubia -- Obelisks and king lists : William's discoveries at Philae and Abydos -- The explorer returns -- Fathers and sons -- Final journeys -- Last-and lasting-gifts to the future
Control code
889164195
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781633880368
Lccn
2014047707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650, 655
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)889164195

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