Egyptologist-Jean-Francois Champollion 1790-1832 Written by Dr. Sherin ElKhawaga
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While he was teaching, he continued his research on ancient Egypt. He began to be noticed by others, and that resulted in his appointment as conservator of Louvre Museumís Egyptian Collection in 1826. In 1828, he began a year-long trip to Egypt. He traveled with one of his students, Ippolito Rosellini. Rosellini was an Italian, who became a fairly well-known archaeologist in his own right. While they toured Egypt, Champollion took detailed notes of what he saw. Rosellini did same, although his medium was engravings/drawings, and not words. The notes and engravings they left behind are still regarded as some of best ever done. Together, they preserved a lot of information that otherwise would have been lost. In 1831, First Chair of Egyptian antiquities was created for him at College de France, and he became a member of French Academy. Sadly, he didnít get to enjoy this coveted post very long. He died of a stroke in 1832
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Eye of HorusWritten by Dr. Sherin ElKhawaga
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The Eye of Horus symbol was used in funerary rites and decoration, as instructed in Egyptian Book of Dead. After 1200 BC, it was also used by Egyptians to represent fractions, based on repeated division by two. The value of a fraction was assigned to each individual part of eye which Seth had torn up according to myth. Their total, corresponding to restoration of eye brought about by Thot, should have added up to a whole. In fact, however, total of six fractions used results in only 63/64; it was assumed that Thot had withheld missing 1/64 by magic. The Eye of Horus fraction system was based on Eye of Horus symbol. This system was used to record prescriptions, land and grain. Fractions are created by combining sections of Eye of Horus symbol. Each section has a different value. The complete Eye of Horus with all parts in place has a value of 1. In reality complete Eye of Horus represents 63/64, which is rounded off to 1. The system is based on halves. Half of 1 equals 1/2, half of 1/2 equals 1/4 and so on until smallest value of 1/64. By adding together values of different sections fractions are created. The 'Rx' symbol which is used by pharmacies and in medicine has its origins in Eye of Horus. This article is courtesy of www.kingtutshop.com
Dr. Sherin Elkhawaga, egyptian radiologist. Interested in egyptology