Members' lecture
The origins of writing (live screening) - SOLD OUT

Monday 14 January 2019,
18.30–20.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £8

SOLD OUT

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Live screening of an exclusive lecture for Members.

Writing is among history’s greatest inventions, perhaps the greatest since it made history possible. Without writing—no permanent recording, no Rosetta Stone and no British Museum as we know it. Yet its origins are puzzling. Was it invented once and transmitted around the world, or independently in places such as Mesopotamia, China and even Easter Island? What inspired it: accountancy, statecraft, religion? Why are some ancient writing systems simple in appearance, others bewilderingly complex?

Andrew Robinson is the author of The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms (Thames & Hudson) and Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press).

Includes a complimentary drink and there will be a book signing after the talk.

Please note that this is a live relay screening of the lecture that will be taking place in the BP Lecture Theatre.

Age: 16+


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