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On the Literacy and Education of Ancient Egyptian Artists (Free Virtual Lecture)

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Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

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Could most ancient Egyptians read the hieroglyphs we strongly associate with their civilization? In this free virtual lecture, Dr. Dimitri Laboury examines Egyptian literacy at all levels of society.

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  • Only virtual (online or over the phone).

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.: Thu, February 24 2022 6下午 – 7下午.

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Dimitri Laboury, Associate Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art History, Archaeology, History and History of Religions; Research Director, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research in Ancient Egyptian Art History and Archaeology; Director of the Ancient Egyptian Art Historical Research Unit, University of Liège, Belgium

One of the salient characteristics of ancient Egypt undoubtedly is its hieroglyphic script. The “code” to decipher this writing system was cracked precisely two hundred years ago, in 1822, by the brilliant French linguist Jean-François Champollion—the founding father of Egyptology. The complexity of Egyptian hieroglyphs resulted in a low literacy rate among the Pharaonic population. In this lecture, Dimitri Laboury will address the level(s) of literacy and scholarly education among the makers of the countless hieroglyphic monuments that help make ancient Egypt so famous. Was every ancient Egyptian artist capable of reading and writing hieroglyphs? And in that society, who were the real experts in hieroglyphic writing?

Presented by Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

A relief of a seated figure facing to the right surrounded by hieroglyphs

.: Thu, February 24 2022 6下午 – 7下午.

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