Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree provided at Memphis in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree shows up in three manuscripts: the top text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle section Demotic script, and also the least expensive Ancient Greek. Considering that it presents basically the same content in all three manuscripts, it provided the trick to the contemporary understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
rosetta stone
It is thought to have actually originally been displayed within a temple, possibly at neighboring Sais, the stone was probably moved throughout the early Christian or medieval period and was eventually used as building product in the construction of Fort Julien near the community of Rashid (Rosetta) in the Nile Delta. As the initial Ancient Egyptian bilingual text recovered back in contemporary times, the Rosetta Stone aroused widespread public interest with its prospective to understand this hitherto untranslated old language. British soldiers defeated the French in Egypt in 1801, as well as the original rock came into British possession under the Capitulation of Alexandria.


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