Cracking Ancient Codes: The Revolutionary Life of Jean Francois Campollion

Andrew Robinson, author
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14:00 - 15:00
Ashmolean Museum - Online Talk
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Gallery tours / talks
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In 1822, Egyptian hieroglyphs were deciphered, which enabled the identification of Tutankhamun when his tomb was discovered in 1922. The impassioned French specialist responsible was Jean-François Champollion, the first Egyptologist, with controversial input from his rival, the understated British polymath Thomas Young.

Andrew Robinson, author of biographies of Jean-François Champollion, Thomas Young and Michael Ventris, and also Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts, gives the talk.

This is the first talk in a mini-series exploring decipherment.