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Talk: 'Cracking the Egyptian Code' with Andrew Robinson

Saturday, 14 April – 2:00pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, UK

Join Andrew Robinson, author of Cracking the Egyptian Codefor an exploration of the life of Jean-François Champollion; a teenage professor of ancient history, supporter of Napoleon, explorer, and most notably, decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphics

Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Jean-François Champollion, the impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution who made the vital breakthrough in deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs. This finely illustrated account charts Champollion’s dramatic life and achievements: by turns a teenage professor, a supporter of Napoleon, an exile, a fanatical decipherer and a curator at the Louvre, he lived life to the full but drove himself into an early grave. Andrew Robinson’s full-blooded account brings the man, his setbacks and his ultimate triumphs vividly to life.

Tickets: £7/£6 Members & concessions, booking essential.

Cracking the Egyptian Code

The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion Mr Andrew Robinson