The mouth of Kemet: ancient Egyptian language and script in their African setting

Thursday 26 October 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre
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Stephen Quirke, Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College London, examines how, for at least 3,500 years, down to the 5th century AD, people in the lower Nile Valley used a hieroglyphic script to write one African language – Egyptian.

He will reveal how ancient names for this language (‘the mouth of the black land’) and script (medu netjer – ‘words of the divine’) take us beyond European thinking on art, religion and philosophy to distinctly African concepts of life and time.

Part of Black History Month.

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