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The British Museum Review

By Levente, Year 6.

On the 11th of May year 6 went on a trip to the British Museum to see the Greek and Roman exhibits. We looked at the mythology of Ancient Greece and how people lived in the Roman Empire. The British Museum was established in 1753 and first open to the public in 1759. With over 8 million objects it is considered to be one of the world’s greatest museums of human history and culture.

The museum is laid out according to geographical regions and then different periods of time. Our trip was mainly concentrated on level 3, rooms 69 and 70. We studied the 12 labours of Hercules and did a small worksheet about them. Room 69 was mainly based on the mythology of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.

Room 70 was about the life in the Roman Empire. It had lots of artefacts including some old tombstones, spoons and suits of armour. We had to do a worksheet for this room as well. Whilst we were passing through some other rooms we saw some famous exhibits such as the Rosetta stone and the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon in Greece.

The Rosetta stone was found in a small village called Rosetta by some French soldiers who were rebuilding a fort in Egypt. The Rosetta stone has three different scripts on it (hieroglyphic, ancient Greek and demotic) but they all meant the same thing. It had helped Jean-Francois-Champollion crack the hieroglyphs in 1822.

The Elgin marbles were part of a building in Greece called the Parthenon. It was made for the goddess of wisdom; Athena. In 1812 an archaeologist called Elgin and his agents finished removing the marbles from the Parthenon and shipped them to Britain. In 1816 the British government brought the marbles and placed them in the British Museum, where they are now.

It was an interesting trip and very relevant to what we had learned in class. It would be nice to go back sometime and look at the other exhibits.