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By: Danielle Farara. The Rosetta Stone. The Discovery of the Rosetta Stone. The Rosetta Stone is a slab of black granite measuring 3 ft. 9 in. long, 2 ft. 41/2 in. wide, and weighs 762 kg.

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By: Danielle Farara

The Rosetta Stone

the discovery of the rosetta stone
The Discovery of the Rosetta Stone
  • The Rosetta Stone is a slab of black granite measuring 3 ft. 9 in. long, 2 ft. 41/2 in. wide, and weighs 762 kg.
  • On July 15, 1799, French Captain Pierre-Francois Bouchard and Napoleon’s army discovered the stone in the Egyptian city of Rosetta.
  • When guiding construction works in Fort Julien, Bouchard found the Rosetta Stone and realized its importance.
  • The French and the English had a dispute over the results from the scientists who had accompanied Bouchard.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Jean-Francois Champollion

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In 1822, Jean-Francois Chapollion unlocked the key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs.

This stone dates from March 196 B.C. Although the inscriptions were written in three different scripts, the ancient Egyptians conveyed the same message.

Hieroglyphic

Demotic

Greek

The Egyptian Demotic and the Egyptian hieroglyphs was written based upon the Greek language.

journey through the rosetta stone
Journey through the Rosetta Stone
  • The writings on the stone begin with the praising of king Ptolemy V and the good deeds done for the temples.
  • The final part of the text describes the establishment of the cult of the king. An example for that is how the priests maintain the cult of the king.
    • “(…the priests shall pay homage three times a day)”.
    • In other words, priests had to pay honor or show respect towards king Ptolemy V.
work cited
Work Cited
  • Crystal, Ellie. “The Rosetta Stone.” Crystalinks. 2005. http://www.crystalinks.com/rosetta.html (5 Oct. 2005).
  • “Rosetta Stone.” Wikipedia. 2005. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_stone (5 Oct. 2005).