Members' lecture - Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion
Decoding the Egyptian hieroglyphs two centuries ago doubled the historical time- span: from 600 BC to 3000 BC. The person responsible for this breakthrough, beginning with the Rosetta Stone, was Jean-François Champollion: an impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution. By turns a teenage professor of ancient history, a supporter of Napoleon, an exile, a fanatical decipherer, a daring explorer of buried Egyptian tombs, the Egyptian curator at the Louvre Museum and the world's first professor of Egyptology, Champollion lived life to the full but drove himself into an early grave. Andrew Robinson, author of Champollion’s first English biography plus a biography of his polymathic English rival, the physician Thomas Young, brings to life Champollion the man, his setbacks and his ultimate triumph.
Includes a complimentary drink.
Age suitability: 16+
Location: BP Theatre
Booking fee: 0.00