Visible Language Series
Lecture: Art as Writing: The Magic of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
The ancient Egyptians referred to their hieroglyphic writing system as "the god's word," one of the most graphical and aesthetically delightful languages on earth. This illustrated and colorful tour leads through the fascinating images that adorn countless tombs, temple walls, and papyrus documents. Learn how scholars "cracked the code," how the grammar and writing system functioned, and who could read and who couldn't. From royal decrees, existential treatises, and autobiographies to grumpy business letters, love poems, and even trial records of tomb robbers, the Egyptians said it all in hieroglyphs.
The speaker is Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.