At the British Museum, a Journey of Initiation into the Secrets of the Hieroglyphs

At the British Museum, a Journey of Initiation into the Secrets of the Hieroglyphs
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For centuries, experts on antiquity have sought to decipher hieroglyphs without managing to understand them. Then, the discovery of the Rosetta Stone cleared the way to decoding them - three-thousand years of history finally came to light, offering details on the way of life in the fascinating civilisation of ancient Egypt. At the British Museum, a large exhibition retraces the steps of this discovery through the same artefacts studied by archeologists two-hundred years ago. In this engaging and immersive exhibition, we relive the struggles of Arab travellers in the Middle Ages and the progress achieved by the scholars of the Renaissance, right up to the research of Jean-François Champollion and Thomas Young at the dawn of the 1800s. From the legendary stone which provided the key to the mystery of the Book of the Dead of Queen Nedjmet to the inscriptions carved into the Temple of Amenemhat III, precious artefacts illustrate to visitors the hidden universes in this image-laden writing system, capable of describing a truly ancient civilisation in all of its aspects - international accords and love poems, declarations of income and the faith in the afterlife, revealing fascinating details, such as a passion for good food and the sense of humour to be found within the reign of the Pharaohs.

Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London