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Lisbon – A journey through time at the IIC: Christian Greco illustrates Turin’s renovated Egyptian Museum

The famed 19th century scholar and Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion, who largely relied on Turin’s collections to decipher hieroglyphs, once wrote: “The road to Memphis and Thebes passes through Turin”. The Egyptian Museum of Turin, the oldest Egyptian museum in the world and second only to Cairo’s in terms of importance, has recently been completely renovated. A conference dedicated to the new museum will be held at the Italian Institute of Culture in Lisbon on Thursday, February 4, at 7 p.m. Dr. Christian Greco, the museum’s director, will deliver the lecture, entitled “1824-2015: Museo Egizio. New Connections and Archaeological Contextualization”. The presentation will also feature pictures and slides and will be moderated by Prof. Rogerio Ferreira de Sousa. “At the beginning of the 19th century, the Egyptian Museum of Turin was one of the main Egyptology centres in Europe, promoting projects and attracting scholars,” Dr. Greco noted. “Today, it must recoup this function: the key word ‘connections’ highlights the continuity between the museum’s past and present.”