Studying the Rosetta Stone in Liverpool

From the Mersey to the Nile: Studying the Rosetta Stone in Liverpool

11:00am - 4:10pm / Saturday 19th November 2022 / Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Exhibition / Category: Department
  • Admission: Free to all.
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Join us as we focus on a pivotal artefact in this subject: the Rosetta Stone, discovered in Egypt in 1799. This remarkable object features text inscribed in ancient Greek, and also in ancient Egyptian (the Hieroglyphic and Demotic scripts), and therefore enabled scholars to make a huge breakthrough in understanding the ancient Egyptian language.

There is no better place to celebrate this momentous achievement. The Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, founded over 100 years ago, is one of the world’s leading centres for research into the ancient world. With Egyptologists, Classicists, Ancient Historians, Archaeologists, and a whole museum all under one roof, we are able to give you a well-rounded, research-informed, interactive understanding of the context and content of the Rosetta Stone.

This activity is a hybrid learning event so please make sure you have chosen the correct option. This is the campus event.

Schedule :

11-11:15am: Welcome Professor Bruce Gibson (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology HoD) Setting the Scene
11:15-11.30: The Rosetta Stone in Context 1: Decrees  Giulia Tonon (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology)
11:30-11:45: The Rosetta Stone in Context 2: History Louise O’Brien (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology)

The Scripts and Languages of the Rosetta Stone

11:45-12:05: Hieroglyphs & Hieratic: Professor Mark Collier (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology)
12:05-12:25: Greek: Professor Colin Adams (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology)
12:25-12:45: Demotic & Coptic: Dr Marina Escolano Poveda (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology)
12:45-13:15: Q&A Panel with the morning’s speakers
13:15-14:00: Break
14:00-15:00: History of the Egyptian language, illustrated through objects in the Garstang Museum of Archaeology: Dr Silvia Zago (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology), Lynsey Shale (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, Garstang Museum volunteer), and Tamar Atkinson (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, Garstang Museum volunteer)

Keynote Speaker
15:00-15:45: Transforming the Dead in Graeco-Roman Egypt: Professor Mark Smith (Oxford)
15:45-16:00 Keynote Speaker Q&A
16:00-16:10: Closing Remarks: Dr Marina Escolano Poveda (Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology_

This is a joint venture with Continuing Education, School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology and the Victoria Gallery & Museum. So, join our experts for this unique day.