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Cracking Ancient Codes: Egyptian Hieroglyphs – with Andrew Robinson



How did scholars begin to decipher ancient scripts like the hieroglyphs?
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Very soon after the birth of the first written language – cuneiform – ancient Egypt developed its own writing: the hieroglyphic script, immortalised in the Rosetta Stone kept in the British Museum, which consists of a single royal edict, dated 196 BC, written in the hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek alphabetic scripts.

Andrew Robinson is the author of more than twenty-five books, issued by leading general and academic publishers. In addition to “Cracking the Egyptian Code”, they include “The Last Man Who Knew Everything” (a biography of Thomas Young): https://geni.us/XIBXvR , and “Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts”: https://geni.us/iqP0Q. A former literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, he also writes reviews and features for newspapers, magazines and journals, in both the arts and sciences.

This talk was filmed in the Ri on 18 January 2019.

Watch the second talk on ancient codes, all about the cuneiform language by Irving Finkel: https://youtu.be/PfYYraMgiBA


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Steve Harris
Steve Harris
26 days ago

Great talk, wouldn’t be great if google could help out on this?

Adjustment Bureau
Adjustment Bureau
26 days ago

no one will ever know what the symbols mean….

SRV. 123
SRV. 123
26 days ago

Chuck Norris is so powerful he can speak hieroglyph.

Ms. Chink
Ms. Chink
26 days ago

Lol they are never going to decipher the hieroglyphics correctly without people of African decent they’re studying a culture that wasn’t them.

Angelfire 451
Angelfire 451
26 days ago

A lot of details about people and places but not much real content.. No real understanding of the hieroglyphs will ever be made until "science" realizes that our minds have 2 components one being synthesis and the other analysis.. as in home versus house.. fair versus equal. We have 2 states of mind. And unfortunately most people have been condition to be in one.. the lower mind!

Ben Wray
Ben Wray
26 days ago

take a shot every time he says ahhhh or um

KRM
KRM
26 days ago

Why all the trashy comments? What is wrong with you poeple.

Theo Fulk
Theo Fulk
26 days ago

That sarcophagus is a more than 'interesting' item, when you learn that the Hebrew name for ARK and COFFIN are the same word, the same word as for Moses' little 'container' which he is found in the Nile ! Also, the fact that the name Moses means "A SON", just like Tutmosis meant a son of Tut. "ARON" is that Hebrew word of ARK and Coffin, strangely like the name AARON, MOSES' own brother ! Body/Soul dualism?

mike hlongwane
mike hlongwane
26 days ago

western people will find it very difficult becoz of the approach to learn a African language , im Bantu speaking African and I see the similarities… I promise its in African languages

Noah Stevens
Noah Stevens
26 days ago

You can't understand a non-phonetic language by comparing names from a foreign, phonetic language.

siwa69
siwa69
26 days ago

After watching 40 seconds of this video I feel offended. Chanpolion deserves more respect!

executivesteps
executivesteps
26 days ago

Well uh and uhh followed by uh and then another uh. What the Uh.
What’s does the hieroglyph for ‘uh’ look like?

cobar53
cobar53
26 days ago

This bloke cannot make a paragraph with an 'arh', 'um', 'err'…. odious

Incorruptus
Incorruptus
26 days ago

Your story is unstructured, images used are very unattractive and tell hardly anything extra to your silly facts put on a shelve using archeology and early Egyptologists work means…error, error, error. While listening to an unattractive voice horsing around with facts not even scholars to this topic would find useful. Sorry to say, but you are a perfect example of a teacher or professor that will not have successful students in this field. Chaotic evidence to a chaotic way of presentation. I seriously have no good words I could hand you. TRY AGAIN or keep the stage free for people… Read more »

Old Wisdom
Old Wisdom
26 days ago

This report does for Viking age runes what the Rosetta stone did for Egyptian hieroglyphics. I have discovered a dictionary that allows me to read and write in Viking age runes known as Elder Futhark as an ideogram. Please look at, 'The Log of the Kensington Runestone' on 'You Tube', for an introduction to my discovery. This show has been seen in over 37 countries to date. People have been sending me inscriptions from their locals and I have found I can read a number of them. Stories from over six centuries ago are now readable. Email (mrkejohnson@centurylink.net) for a… Read more »

James Brown
James Brown
26 days ago

This is a lil too nerdy for me. Lol.

Apuat
Apuat
26 days ago

Ammit looks to Tehuti in the weighing of the heart against Maat.

fnersch
fnersch
26 days ago

For more on decipherment see the works of Dr. Bob Brier of LIU or Dr. Marc Zender of Tulane University. They are major scholars in this field.

Steve Scerbak
Steve Scerbak
26 days ago

The man with T-Rex arms.

Johnny mangford
Johnny mangford
26 days ago

This guy managed to put even an Egyptology history buff to sleep. So boring. It's like he intentionally rambled on. Insisting on throwing irrelevant superfluous redundant sentences at the end of every other sentence in order to fill time. Never have I wanted to yell "get to the point" more at my computer screen. Gives scholars a bad name. Watch Irving Finkel to see how someone who's actually knowledgeable and intelligent get's it done. History can be interesting and engaging and unfortunately this man does it upmost to make it the opposite.

Antonin Besse
Antonin Besse
26 days ago

Excellent talk. Thank you! Balanced and humorous, informative and super engaging.

Anders Estes Jacobsen
Anders Estes Jacobsen
26 days ago

Great mind, who almost does not connect to or need his body. Don't think he ever kicked a football or climbed a tree. In the future we can harvest theese minds and put them in a jar connected to the internet

sent4dc
sent4dc
26 days ago

Very interesting. I didn't know the fact that Egyptian writing was forgotten for 2,000 yrs. But how can it happen that the language of the whole nation was forgotten? There sure must have been someone who kept it alive. It's like forgetting English now.

Tony Mcchicken
Tony Mcchicken
26 days ago

"no one knows how to read it"????Speak for yourself. I already did…The spheres above there heads was what they called "god heads".The planets they're thought were in…. LISTEN TO THIS VERY VERY CLOSELY..The planets they're thought were in…. If they had a bird head then it was that person's job to explain the sky gods. Everyone understood the meaning of life was to understand the meaning of life back then.So everyone in that kingdom was all of the smartest from all over the world. This is why all of today's cities in Egypt have roots from many other cultures languages.… Read more »

Judy Snyder
Judy Snyder
26 days ago

I love this lecture. It was everything the title of the video said it would be! Good job!

Richard Zitman
Richard Zitman
26 days ago

" Polishing the egos' of Royal Institution scholars that contributed a small part in the deciphering of Egyptian texts"'
Thank you Britons' for giving us Vyse the forger. Mention should have been made of Birches work.

ماهر محمود علي
ماهر محمود علي
26 days ago

I have four questions about the size of the universe before the Big Bang that created the universeIs the universe the size of the proton?Was it the size of the quark or the length of Planck?The second question is about the existence of time and the size of the universeWhen did the time stop when the size of the universe was proton or quark or Length of Planck?The third question about the length of Planck and the size of the universe before the Big BangHow do energy molecules appear if the size of the universe equals Planck's length? The fourth… Read more »

Peter & Pete
Peter & Pete
26 days ago

So they know how to decipher ancient scripts like the hieroglyphs but they don't know how the pyramids were built!! Haha!!

Some tea
Some tea
26 days ago

erm eh erm eeerm em mm erm eeerrrmm em eh eh ermmmm ,,gotta stop errrrr every erm word ehh he say ermmm

John F
John F
26 days ago

Thanks for the interesting take on the translation of ancient hieroglyphs.

István Csiszár
István Csiszár
26 days ago

Sometimes even on youtube we can find interesting speech reconstructions. One of my favorites is this : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=io0QFYxulV4

Will Shenton
Will Shenton
26 days ago

Excellent lecture

NorthernZeus
NorthernZeus
26 days ago

Great video. Is it possible for the presenter to be any more of a British professor?

Noodles
Noodles
26 days ago

Behold the love child of Bill Gates and Stephen King.

examplerkey
examplerkey
26 days ago

Superb presentation Andrew. If you are reading this, what would be the most sacred or beautiful Hieroglyphs? For example, in English "as above so below" is considered wise and has a deep meaning, etc.

nakinilerak
nakinilerak
26 days ago

Great lecture. Just can't help wishing he'd waxed his forearms. Those tufts are very distracting.

Looop
Looop
26 days ago

Trying some words only is vain for a complex meaning, there is no traduction as we think. its more like many levels of understanding. "Donnation to gods" is just the first level for example. We need to associate numerology, symbols etc…Champollion school is ending ! The knowlege about history we gain is short, and even partially wrong. Translate this in a modern langage is not very usefull in that way.

ijams sum
ijams sum
26 days ago

I find it interesting the Egyptians could not read there own hieroglyphs and had no knowledge at all about the Giza Pyramids then came up with a the Pyramid Tomb theory that is refuted because no Pyramids in Egypt were found to be tombs ? The Queens and Kings chambers were fictionally named why is the big question ? The Physical rain erosion on the Sphinx destroys everything the Egyptians say about the Sphinx ? The vast erosion must have come when the heavy rain occurred 10,000 years ago before the Egyptians were there ! All the Kings tombs are… Read more »

John Smith
John Smith
26 days ago

Dude kinda looks like Stephen King….

Erba Lumkan
Erba Lumkan
26 days ago

uhm

Quaalude Charlie
Quaalude Charlie
26 days ago

Kind of like asking Vinnie if Dimebag likes my Handwriting and if He could create pictographic Books that translate Icons into French : QC

zapfanzapfan
zapfanzapfan
26 days ago

Camping in an Egyptian Tomb to escape the heat, awesome!

henrikoldcorn
henrikoldcorn
26 days ago

Very interesting talk, but rather less about "deciphering" and more just biography. I was hoping for some detail there, what are the steps in actually doing this? Irving Finkel was the same on cuneiform, biography rather than details on how to translate an unknown language.

Daitaigenjitsu
Daitaigenjitsu
26 days ago

I guess it's my fault for watching on the phone without an ad blocker, but when your science lecture is interrupted by ads its quite disheartening; especially for a prestigious outfit like RI. Has everything simply devolved into a shameless money grab? Is RI that hard up now?

Wile CKoyote
Wile CKoyote
26 days ago

Start at 19:40 for relevant facts only.

István Csiszár
István Csiszár
26 days ago

What do you think about the reconstruction of the pronunciation ? Mainstream egyptology considers it to be either impossible or not worth the trouble. But some egyptologists or linguists say , that it is possible to get a fairly plausible reconstructed pronunciation in the light of new linguistic researches. ( My primary interest is the reconstruction of the spoken language and I am very frustrated by mainstream egyptology literature that gives a consonant-only transliteration , ignoring the work of those who try to reconstruct a plausible vocalised pronunciation . )

Steph M
Steph M
26 days ago

It would be fair to say that Young began by using an Egyptian demotic alphabet of 29 letters built up by Johan David Åkerblad in 1802. Many people worked on this at that time in Europe. And only Champollion was able to find the right solution thanks to his knowledge of the coptic language used by Christians in Egypt. The fact that it hurts british pride, since the Rosetta stone was taken to the French to be sent in England, will not change History. Especially since all these discoveries came from the strong interest of Napoleon in science. Ancient Egypt… Read more »

Alex Landherr
Alex Landherr
26 days ago

Some of this I recognize from a biography on Champollion, other matters was quite interesting.

Kevin 27
Kevin 27
26 days ago

This made me want to to watch The Mummy.

Jesse Stevenson
Jesse Stevenson
26 days ago

This video somehow began auto-playing on my laptop due to being related to another video I was watching, and my first thought was "Hmm, I'm surprised to see Bill Gates discussing Egyptian hieroglyphs!'' I'm sure I wasn't the only one :p

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