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Jean-François Champollion’s Ideographic Dictionary
Champillion4

Origin

Jean-François Champollion

Type

Dictionary

Effects

Language translation

Downsides

Increased likelihood of exclusion from the community

Activation

Reading

Collected by

Warehouse 12

Section

Carter-95KV

Aisle

68065-6337

Shelf

21806-4319-98

Date of Collection

March 15, 1879

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OriginEdit

Jean-François Champollion was a French scholar known primarily as the decipherer of the Egyptian hieroglyphs and a founding figure in the field of Egyptology. During the period of Egyptomania, Champollion deciphered the trilingual Rosetta Stone. He discovered the Egyptian writing system was a mixture of phonetics and ideograms, where the written language represented both speech sounds and direct pictorial concepts. However, he has been criticized by scholars for not giving enough credit to Thomas Young, who started translating before Champollion and was the basis for Champollion’s work. At times, political and scientific leaders helped him, while at others he lived in exile from the scientific community.

EffectsEdit

The dictionary allows the user to translate any foreign language (even dead languages) into the users native language. With repeated use, the person is more likely to be shunned from either their familial or professional communities.

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