Rosetta Stone Egypt History

The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele discovered in 1799 which is inscribed with three versions of a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V Epiphanes . The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic and demotic scripts respectively, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek . The decree has only minor differences among the three versions, so the Rosetta Stone became key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs , thereby opening a window into ancient Egyptian history.


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