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Johan David Akerblad
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Birth: May 6, 1763
Stockholm
Stockholms län, Sweden
Death: Feb. 7, 1819
Rome
Lazio, Italy

Johan David Åkerblad was a Swedish diplomat and egyptologist.

When a young man he was made an attache of the Swedish embassy to Constantinople, where he found an excellent opportunity for the study of Turkish. In 1795 he was made secretary of the embassy, but in 1797 devoted himself to study for a time, and for this visited Gottingen in 1800. In 1802 he was appointed secretary of the embassy at the Hague, and in 1803 charge d'affaires at Paris. While in Paris he found some Cop-tic manuscipts in the nationallibrary, and discovered the key to the unknown character in which they were written. In 1804 he left the Swedish service and went to Pome, where the duchess of Devonshire and others gave him the means of pursuing his studies during the remainder of his life. His works relate chiefly to oriental inscriptions.

Akerblad was a student of A.I. Silvestre de Sacy, a French scholar. Sacy's investigation of the Rosetta Stone did not give any result and Åkerblad took on his work in 1802 and managed to identify all proper names in the demotic text in just two months.

Akerblad found out the correct sound value from 14 of the 29 signs, but he wrongly believed the demotic hieroglyphs to be entirely alphabetic.

Jean-Francois Champollion was a French academic who specialized in ancient languages of the Middle East. One of Akerblad strategies of comparing the demotic to Coptic later became a key in Champollion's eventual decipherment of the hieroglyphic script and the Ancient Egyptian language. 
 
Inscription:
MEMORIAE
IOANN DAVID.ACKERBLAD
SVECI.
QVI
OBIIT ROMAE A.D. VI. KAL FEBR
CIƅIƅCCCXIX.
NE VIRI INTER EXTEROS
VARIA DOCTRINA ILLVSTRIS
SEPVLCRVM SVORVM INCVRIA
TITVLO CARERET
POSITVM A. MDCCCXXIV

 
Note: Face: north side. Condition: reasonable. Method: incised. Type: primary inscription.
 
Burial:
Campo Cestio
Rome
Provincia di Roma
Lazio, Italy
Plot: Tomb#110: Zone A: Section 0: Row 0: Plot 31
 
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Aug 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95160073
Johan David Akerblad
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