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The Rosetta Stone was the key to deciphering hieroglyphs because it is inscribed with three scripts – hieroglyphs, Demotic and Greek. When the Stone was discovered, nobody knew how to read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, but scholars could still read Ancient Greek. English physicist Thomas Young was the first to show that some of the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone wrote the sounds of a royal name – Ptolemy. French scholar Jean-François Champollion took things further and pieced together the alphabet of hieroglyphs used to write other names. Find out more about the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone in our blog post – link in bio! #RosettaStone #BritishMuseum #AncientEgypt #hieroglyphics #hieroglyphs #Egyptology
The Rosetta Stone was discovered #onthisday in 1799. It’s regarded as one of the most important ancient Egyptian objects ever found, and was the key to deciphering hieroglyphs. Made in 196 BC, it has three inscriptions of the same decree passed by a council of priests. One in hieroglyphs (suitable for a priestly decree), one in Demotic (native script used for daily purposes) and one in Greek (the language of administration). #RosettaStone #BritishMuseum #OTD #Museum #history #AncientEgypt #AncientHistory #hieroglyphics #hieroglyphs
🏛Here’s a great shot of the Museum’s pediment by @madshauch. A pediment is a large triangular feature usually supported by columns. Here you can make out how the sculptures in the pediment are three dimensional – inspired by the buildings of ancient Greece. The original 1840s designs for this part of the Museum showed white sculptures on a bright blue background. Tag the location for a chance to be featured in our next #regram! #BritishMuseum #architecture #Neoclassical #19thcentury #repost #London
🌞London has been having some terrific weather recently – the Great Court always looks photogenic when it’s drenched in sunlight. @flora_tam took this super picture of the light streaming in through the curved roof. We love seeing your photos – tag the location for a chance to be featured in our next #regram! #repost #BritishMuseum #London #sun #GreatCourt #architecture #🌞
Can you guess how many columns there are around the Museum’s colonnade? 🤔🏛 Let us know your answers below! 👇
This great 📸 of the colonnade is by @emilymo27. The frontage of the Museum was inspired by the buildings of ancient Greece. There were three main styles or ‘orders’ of ancient Greek architecture – Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. The Museum’s columns are Ionic because they have large scrolls at the top, are fluted down the body of the pillar, and have curved bases. 
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Here’s a super shot of ‘The Thinker’ from our #RodinExhibition taken by @fossaxd. Did you know ‘The Thinker’ was originally designed to be a part of Rodin’s large and ambitious composition ‘The Gates of Hell’? This 6-metre-tall architectural feature was based on a scene from Dante’s ‘Inferno’, and featured many smaller sculptures that would go on to become individual works in their own right. Rodin is well known for drawing inspiration from the art of ancient Greece – the chin resting on the back of the hand was a gesture of mourning in ancient Greek art – perhaps the sculpture shows a man reflecting on tragedy? This classic pose is full of dynamism – the forward-leaning posture may also suggest the figure is about to move. 
See this masterpiece in our #RodinExhibition alongside the ancient works of art that his radical modern art. Closes on 29 July – don’t miss out! Book tickets via the link in our bio. #BritishMuseum #Rodin #sculpture #art #AncientGreece #history #London
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@mywhitetap captures the detail of this 2,400-year-old ancient Greek sculpture in our #RodinExhibition. Rodin was captivated by the Parthenon sculptures and visited the British Museum many times to admire the ancient works. This horse’s head was created for one of the corners of the Parthenon pediments (the triangular architectural feature that usually sits atop columns). The horse is shown exhausted after pulling the moon goddess Selene’s chariot across the night sky – the jaw gapes, the nostrils flare, the veins and eyes bulge. Rodin would have appreciated that the whole of the horse’s expression has been rendered in the head alone – the rest of the body and chariot are implied as they couldn’t fit in the corner of the pediment. See masterpieces created thousands of years apart in our #RodinExhibition and trace how the sculptor was inspired by the art of ancient Greece. Book tickets via the link in our bio – final weeks! #BritishMuseum #AncientGreece #horse #sculpture #sculptures #AncientHistory #art #Rodin #🐴 #regram #repost
😘 ‘The Kiss’ is arguably Auguste Rodin’s most famous work, captured here in a great photo by @holdthechilli. Made in 1882, the sculpture is often thought of as a romantic masterpiece, but its true origin is a little more sinister. It depicts lovers Paolo and Francesca from Dante’s poem ‘Divine Comedy’. Dante meets the lovers Paolo and Francesca in his travels around hell. They had been murdered by Francesca’s husband (Paolo’s brother) after he discovered the lovers together. The sculpture sees them at the moment just before death, lost in reckless passion. The sculpture was soon detached from this literary reference and became a more general image of a kiss. Rodin’s masterful composition captures the essence of his models in a passionate and private moment. 
See the French sculptor’s captivating works, many on loan from @museerodinparis in our #RodinExhibition. Final weeks, don’t miss out – book tickets via the link in our bio. #Rodin #sculpture #kiss #TheKiss #😘 #Dante #art #Rodin #France #BritishMuseum #regram #repost
In ancient Assyria, kings could prove their strength to their people by hunting lions. Although this may be shocking to modern eyes, killing lions represented the king’s ability to protect his nation against the dangers of the world. King Ashurbanipal commissioned a series of relief carvings for his palace showing himself hunting lions – even strangling them with his bare hands! Although gruesome in places, these sublimely carved reliefs are some of the most famous examples of Assyrian art. Discover the world of #Ashurbanipal and see amazing ancient artworks in our autumn exhibition – book tickets via the link in our bio. 
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In the 7th century BC, Assyrian king #Ashurbanipal ruled from a lavish palace ‘without rival’ in the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq). It was decorated with amazing reliefs and carvings – built to be ‘an object of wonder for all the people’. The artworks that adorned the walls of these spaces recounted famous Assyrian victories, boasted of the king’s strength and power, and depicted verdant gardens owned by the royal family. This 19th-century watercolour shows how the interiors might have looked.
Uncover family feuds and power struggles, discover luxurious palaces and tour the world’s largest empire in our major autumn exhibition – find out more and book tickets via the link in our bio. 
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‘I am Ashurbanipal, great king, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria’
King #Ashurbanipal of Assyria was the most powerful man on earth during his reign in the 7th century BC. 
For nearly 40 years he ruled the largest empire the world had seen which stretched over 1,000 miles from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. He created amazing palaces filled with reliefs and carvings that depicted his successes on the battlefield and in kingly pursuits like lion hunting. Ashurbanipal was far more than a warrior or warmonger – unusually for an Assyrian king he could read and write, and he created a vast library of cuneiform tablets and other kinds of texts in an attempt to gather all the knowledge in the world. 
Come face to face with a man whose reign shaped the history of the ancient world in our autumn exhibition. Book #Ashurbanipal tickets via the link in our bio. 
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John Constable grew up in southeast England close to the River Stour. The waterway and the surrounding countryside featured heavily in his works – including perhaps his most famous painting ‘The Hay Wain’, now in @national_gallery. This watercolour from 1832 shows the same location from a different angle. The white cottage is known as Willy Lott’s Cottage after the tenant farmer who lived there when it featured in Constable’s paintings. #Constable #JohnConstable #HayWain #watercolour #landscape #painting #countryside #RiverStour #BritishMuseum