Behold the bank of the River Qi. The undulant bamboo forest dances. A handsome man, intently working, As a great master sculpting a piece of jade, As a great artist carving a piece of ivory. Relaxed, confident, dignified and stately… Such an elegant man! How can I ever forget him?
Observe the shore of the River Qi Against the green bamboo blanket. A handsome man, elegantly dressed. The adornments of his ears glitter; The gems on his cap burnish the light. Relaxed, confident, dignified and stately… Such an elegant man! How can I ever forget him?
Consider the edge of the River Qi. The bamboo forest, luxuriant. There he stands, a handsome man, Pure as gold, Precious as diamonds. Leaning on the rails of his chariot, He speaks with wit, always without condescension.
One of the greatest Christmas traditions that came out of the 19th century is Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” It was an immediate best-seller in 1843, with his character Ebenezer Scrooge making a lasting statement on greed to Victorian England.
Perhaps lesser known is Dickens’s “The Life of Our Lord,” written for his children. As each left home, he gave them a copy of the New Testament. “Because,” he said, “it is the best book that ever was or will be known in the world.”
French scholar Jean-François Champollion was born #OnThisDay in 1790.
A linguistic prodigy who mastered Coptic, Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Syriac, Persian and Arabic, he used the Rosetta Stone as a key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Stone is inscribed three times with a royal decree – in hieroglyphs, Demotic (handwritten Egyptian used for daily purposes, meaning ‘language of the people’) and Ancient Greek.
Champollion’s friendship with the Egyptian community in Paris fired his commitment to the language, history, and culture of ancient Egypt. Using Coptic, he discovered that hieroglyphs recorded the sounds of the pharaonic language, opening up one of the longest chapters of human history.