Become a member and save up to 17% on the price of your tickets! If you are already a member, log in to access your member price. The Rosetta Stone, a Key to the Past Evening Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1M2219 Select Your Tickets Login $25 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $30 - Non-Member Resize text The Rosetta Stone (Hans Hillewaert/licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license) Two hundred years ago, French historian and linguist Jean-Francois Champollion deciphered the hieroglyphics inscribed on a slab of black stone discovered by one of Napoleon’s soldiers in Egypt in 1799. Unlike many scholars before him, Champollion finally cracked the code to the enigmatic writing system of the ancient Egyptians. Historian Gary Rendsburg unfolds the exciting story of the discovery and decipherment of the Rosetta Stone and its inscriptions in ancient Greek, Egyptian demotic, and Egyptian hieroglyphics. He traces its discovery by the French, its installment in London’s British Museum, and the efforts to learn its secrets. His account of one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time fittingly concludes with a basic tutorial on Egyptian hieroglyphics. Rendsburg is the Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History in the department of Jewish studies at Rutgers University. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for online programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our online programs presented on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.