Ancient Egypt has produced an astonishing variety of written material in its great temples, on the walls of the tombs of Pharaohs and the coffins of the dead, and in the rubbish dumps of lost and forgotten settlements. Through inscriptions on sculpture, jewellery, pottery, funerary artefacts and manuscripts, the exhibition ‘Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt’ tells the story of a multi-cultural society in which indigenous and foreign languages coexisted. Deciphering these scripts has allowed scholars to start solving the mysteries of this ancient civilization. This lecture will elaborate on the conception of the exhibition and provide background on the principles by which the ancient Egyptians made their language visible.
6pm Private View, 7pm Talk