- British Museum
- 3 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
Next, we’ll traverse the halls of the museum, visiting its most important rooms. This includes the Egyptian collection, where we’ll explore how ancient texts came to be deciphered in the first place and compare the ways in which hieroglyphs and cuneiform, the two earliest scripts, were cracked. We will also spend some time exploring the Rosetta Stone, and some of the nearly 130,000 pieces of cuneiform tablets from ancient Iraq that are on display. Depending on our interests or our guide’s specialty, we may also focus on the art of ancient Iran and/or ancient Iraq, or delve into the Parthenon Marbles. At the end of our time together we will emerge with a better understanding of this major institution and its key role in intellectual life worldwide, leaving us with a sense of wonder and appreciation.
Maurizio is originally from Cortona, Italy. He studied as an interpreter and continued on with a second University Degree in Languages and Visual Arts in Siena (with Honours). He worked as teacher, interpreter and guide in Italy until 1990 the year when he settled in London. Since then he qualified as a Blue Badge Guide and City Guide. He receive a third University Degree in Philosophy and Theology University of Louvain (Belgium) London campus (Allen Hall). He attended visual arts courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery and City Lit. He has become an Art Expert for Tate Galleries. Alongside with his guiding, he is also tutoring and lecturing for the Tate Galleries and the Institute of Tourist Guiding (History of Art).
My background is classics and the ancient world generally, with focus on Roman culture and religion. My graduate work has focused on the late Roman world and the emergence of Christianity. My area of specialization is the fourth century Latin West but I’m very comfortable talking about most topics of Roman social and cultural history and any aspect of early Christian history. I’ve done significant research on Christian martyrology, Roman inscriptions, the catacombs at Rome, and early asceticism. Some of my favourite things to talk about are Roman letters (e.g. Vindolanda), relics, ‘Romanisation’ and ‘de-Romanisation’, and the ways that we can glimpse moments of everyday life and universal human experience through artefacts and texts.
Simon is an enthusiastic and passionate docent whose aim is to inform, educate and entertain. With a background in professional theatre, he is a firm believer of the importance of good guiding is storytelling while giving a tour.
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