The links below connect to translations (one in French, one in English) of part of what Abdel Rahman El-Gabarti, an Egyptian scholar, wrote at the time of the French invasion of Egypt in 1798. (The Rosetta Stone, which eventually made possible the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs, was found by French soldiers during this invasion. Subsequently the stone was surrendered to British forces and returned to Britain; it is now on display in the British Museum in London.) In passage linked here, Abdel Rahman El-Gabarti describes a proclamation by Napoleon to the Egyptians--part of the French propaganda effort which accompanied the invasion.
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Your assignment is to (1) follow one of the links above, (2) read the passage, (3) look up what you need to (in ordinary reference books, or on the World-wide Web), and (4) be prepared to identify as many of the following as possible, in class on Tuesday (November 23, 1999). You may also turn in a written version for points (5 points for each correct, well-written answer).