Description - Napoleon in Egypt by Paul Strathern
Napoleon s invasion of Egypt in 1798 was the first attack on a Middle Eastern country by a Western power in modern times. With 335 ships and 40,000 men, it was the largest long-distance seaborne force the world had ever seen. But Napoleon's assault was intended to be much more than a colonial adventure, for he took with him over and hundred and fifty scientists, mathematicians, artists and writers a Legion of Culture with a view to bringing Western civilization to backward Egypt. Ironically, what these intellectuals discovered in Egypt would transform our knowledge of Western civilization and form the basis of Egyptology. Travelling to the far reaches of the Upper Nile, Napoleon s artists sketched the great temples and ruins of the Pharaohs. His soldiers also uncovered the Rosetta Stone, which would eventually lead to the deciphering of the mysterious Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. But there were also setbacks. Nelson s destruction of the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile apparently put an end to Napoleon s ambitions, though the General himself did not see it that way. His secret plan was to follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and invade India. Being cut o
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Author Biography - Paul Strathern
Paul Strathern studied philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. He has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. He is a Somerset Maugham prize-winning novelist; author of two series of books - Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea- Scientists who Changed the World; Mendeleyev's Dream (shortlisted for the Aventis Science Book Prize); Dr. Strangelove's Game- A History of Economic Genius and The Medici- Godfathers of the Renaissance.