Jean-François Champollion: Bicentennial of Cracking the Hieroglyph Code

Jean-François Champollion: Bicentennial of Cracking the Hieroglyph Code

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The story of Hieroglyph Decipherment, the Louvre Egyptian Collection Origins -- and Why an Obelisk Traveled to Paris

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Two hundred years ago, way back in 1822, French philologist Jean-François Champollion famously deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs through the famous Rosetta Stone (and other sources) -- for the very first time.

This important discovery gave the world a new window into world of the ancient Egyptians. A script long thought to be just magical symbols was revealed to have its own complex alphabet and grammar. Suddenly, the veil was lifted off stories, prayers, spells, inscriptions, king’s names -- and detailed documents as old as 4500 years. To crack it, Champollion fought a heated battle with English scientist Thomas Young to ultimately prevail by publishing his findings first!.

Join Laura to celebrate this important discovery made during the short life of this remarkable Frenchman.

In addition to the story of hieroglyph decipherment, we will learn about other of Champollion's astonishing accomplishments, including:

  1. Becoming the first curator of the Louvre’s new Egyptian museum
  2. Leading the FrancoTuscan expedition to Egypt – what they discovered, and took back
  3. How France was awarded a great obelisk from Luxor Temple as a gesture of friendship and gratitude for the deciphering of hieroglyphs by Champollion
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About Laura Ranieri Roy

Laura is founder and director of Ancient Egypt Alive (2013) She holds a Master’s degree in Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations (Egyptology) from the University of Toronto, and has excavated at the ancient Greek site of Apollonia Pontica in Bulgaria, and in Egypt at Amarna and South Asasif (Luxor). She creates and leads specialized learning tours and has travelled to Egypt more than 15 times.

Educator at Late Life Learning Institutes

Laura lectures on ancient Egypt and ancient civilizations, and has taught across North America at museums, historical societies, and academic conferences. She is a popular speaker amongst “Later Life Learning” Networks: Ryerson University’s Life Institute, LLIR at York University/Glendon College, LLL, University of Toronto and more. She has also been an Egyptian history Specialist Partner for the Toronto District School Board (Canada’s largest school board).

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