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Egyptian OedipusAthanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity$
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Daniel Stolzenberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226924144

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226924151.001.0001

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Oedipus in Rome

Oedipus in Rome

(p.104) Chapter Three Oedipus in Rome
Egyptian Oedipus

Daniel Stolzenberg

University of Chicago Press

This chapter covers Kircher's return to Rome from Malta in 1638. Kircher was eager to return to the unfinished edition of the Coptic-Arabic lexicon and his ever-expanding hieroglyphic studies, and as he brought both projects to completion in the following years, he encountered numerous obstacles. He overcame these obstacles only with the assistance of new and powerful patrons, and by harnessing the exceptional resources that made Rome a vital center of scholarship, especially in the fields of antiquarian and Oriental studies. Kircher's investigations of Egypt and the hieroglyphs, culminating in the monumental Egyptian Oedipus, were products of a network of institutions, collections, and individuals centered in Rome and extending throughout Europe and the world.

Keywords:   hieroglyphic studies, Coptic-Arabic lexicon, powerful patrons, center of scholarship, Rome, Oriental studies

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