Napoleon’s Scientific Expedition and the Birth of Egyptology
December 15, 2018
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When Napoleon led 34,000 soldiers and 16,000 sailors across the Mediterranean Sea to the distant desert country of Egypt, the 28 years-old General undertook a crazy journey to compete against the British to control parts of the globe. The campaign had many eccentric and unbelievable aspects, one of them being a corpse of 150 scientists which include engineers, astronomers, mathematicians, naturalists, physicists, doctors, chemists, botanists and artists – even a poet and a musicologist packed their bags and went into the adventure. Their task was to capture, not Egyptian soil, but Egyptian Culture and History. And while the military invasion was an ultimate failure, the scholarly one was successful beyond anyone’s expectations. It led to the birth of Egyptology as a field of knowledge and study.
Sources & Future References
'Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt' Book by Nina Burleigh
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