Oct 12, 2017

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta stone on display in British Museum

  • Decree by King Ptolemy (V) in three different scripts (top to bottom)
    • Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs
    • Ancient Egyptian Demotic script
    • Greek
  • This trilingual inscription was proved crucial in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyph (pioneered by the french)
  • Found in Rosetta (stands for 'Rashid'), Egypt in 1799 while it was being used as building material in Egypt
  • Essential clue to deciphering early Egyptian hieroglyphs.
  • Moved to British Museum after British defeat French

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