Rosetta Stone

Definition

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, a fact which immeasurably helped to finally decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Rosetta Stone is today on display in the British Museum, London.

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  • 196 BCE
    The Rosetta Stone was made, a stela carrying a priestly decree from the reign of Ptolemy V in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek script.
  • 15 Jul 1799 CE
    The Rosetta Stone is rediscovered by Pierre-Fran├žois Bouchard, an officer in Napoleon's army.
  • 1822 CE
    Champollion announces decipherment of hieroglyphic writing.
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