Must-See Treasures of the British Museum

Explore the ancient treasures on display at the British Museum from the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles with a history expert
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1 hour and 5 minutes
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British Museum
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Lecture Description
The British Museum in London is the oldest national museum in the world, established in 1753, belonging neither to the church nor to the monarch, but rather to the people of Great Britain. Moreover, its 8 million (!) objects constitute the largest assemblage of artifacts, antiquities, and curiosities in the world. Still further, when the museum was created it also included a superb collection of medieval manuscripts, though that material eventually made its way to the newly founded British Library in 1997. The result is a simply astounding collection of world culture, gathered into a single institution.
Meet Your Expert

Gary A. Rendsburg serves as the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History and holds the rank of Distinguished Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He is the author of seven books and more than 200 articles. His most recent book, How the Bible Is Written (Hendrickson, 2019), pays particular attention to the use of language to create literature. Professor Rendsburg has visited all the major archaeological sites of Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, plus he has excavated at Tel Dor and Caesarea. He has done extensive research on medieval Hebrew manuscripts at leading libraries, including the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the Cambridge University Library, the Vatican Library, Fisher Library in Sydney, the National Library of Israel, and the Library of Congress in Washington. During his career, Professor Rendsburg has served as visiting professor or visiting research scholar at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of Sydney, the Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, and the Getty Villa.

Join us for this virtual tour of the British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, the Gilgamesh Epic, the Cyrus Cylinder, Assyrian wall reliefs, the Sutton Hoo treasures, the Vindolanda letters, the Lewis Chessmen, and more – all of which will be presented and discussed by our lecturer, Gary Rendsburg of Rutgers University, who has spent countless hours in the British Museum over the course of his 40-year academic career.
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Very professionally and expertly presented. Wish it could have been longer.
He certainly knows a thing or two! There's so much to see at the British Museum, Gary acts as a knowledgeable curator who can help you understand the history and significance of some of the key antiquities. Rameses totally makes sense now!
Professor Rendsburg did a good job of giving context to not only the pieces but to the men and women who discovered them and poets who wrote about them. It was engaging. If I had one suggestion, I thought there was too much time spent on Nineveh, but it was interesting.