BRLSI History & Culture - 1798: The Battle of the Nile and Egyptomania

09 July 2018


Visitors - £4; Members/students - £2

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Louis Hodgkin

This talk looks beyond Nelson’s naval victory to the cultural phenomenon sparked by the Battle of the Nile.

Academics, who travelled with the French on their invasion of Egypt, were mesmerized by the artifacts they discovered. This triggered a mania in fashion, style and taste in Europe for all things Egyptian. The Rosetta stone, the Elgin Marbles and the ‘Nelson Mass’ became British gains after the naval victory, and led to the founding of the British Museum. Sadly, L’Institut d’Egypte in Cairo, originally established by Napoleon in 1798, was destroyed by fire and social unrest in December 2011.