Egyptian—The First Great Decipherment
Lecture no. 13 from the course: Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity
Taught by Professor Marc Zender | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
Before Jean-Francois Champollion deciphered hieroglyphic writing in 1822, no one had been able to read a word of Egyptian. Why were Egyptian history and its ancient language and writing system forgotten? How did early attempts at decipherment go astray? Get the answers here as you learn what clues led Champollion to success.