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Illustration

Mark Cartwright
by Trustees of the British Museum
published on 02 January 2014
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Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone is an incomplete grey and pink granodiorite stela dating from 196 BCE which presents a priestly decree concerning King Ptolemy V of Egypt. The text is in three different versions: Hieroglyphic, Demotic and Greek. The stone was discovered at Port Saint Julien, el-Rashid (Rosetta) on the Nile Delta in Egypt in 1799 CE by Pierre Francois Xavier Bouchard. Thomas Young first identified some of the hieroglyphs related to Ptolemy V but the full text was deciphered by Jean-Fran├žois Champollion in the early 1820s CE and so the meaning of Egyptian hieroglyphs, lost for 1600 years, was finally re-discovered. (British Museum, London)

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Museum, T. O. T. B. (2014, January 02). Rosetta Stone. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/2198/

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Museum, Trustees O. T. B. "Rosetta Stone." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 02, 2014. https://www.ancient.eu/image/2198/.

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Museum, Trustees O. T. B. "Rosetta Stone." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 02 Jan 2014. Web. 28 Mar 2020.

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