Ancient Egypt at the British Museum with Alan Montgomery - Context Travel

Ancient Egypt at the British Museum with Alan Montgomery

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Ever since ancient times, travelers and scholars from around the world have been intrigued by the mysteries of Egypt, mesmerized by its strange animal-headed gods, in awe of its mighty rulers, its pyramids, and its temples. Today, thanks to centuries of study and more recent developments in modern archaeology, we now have a clearer picture of life (and death) in the land of the pharaohs. Many questions, however, still remain unanswered.

Focusing on key exhibits in the British Museum's galleries, this conversation will cover subjects including Egyptian royalty, religion, and burial. It will also explore the nineteenth-century European 'rediscovery' of ancient Egypt and the translation of its cryptic hieroglyphics, revealing how the numerous artifacts now on display in London came to be there and discussing what their modern story tells us about our own attitudes towards the ancient past.

Covering over four thousand years of dramatic history, the huge collection of Egyptian artifacts now held in the British Museum is widely recognized as the best of its kind outside of Egypt. From the world-famous Rosetta Stone to huge carved sculptures of kings and gods, from macabre mummies to an elegant bronze cat, these Egyptian objects both large and small allow us a fascinating glimpse into the world of this enigmatic ancient civilization.

Led by art historian, antique expert, and Ph.D. scholar on the ancient world, Alan Montgomery, this interactive discussion will delve into the collecting world. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this intriguing subject.

Alan Montgomery was born and raised in Scotland, but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a Ph.D. in which he analyzed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalog essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, he has just started work on a book inspired by his Ph.D. research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.