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Champollion's The Rosetta Stone

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The Rosetta Stone was founded in 1799, inscribed with rules in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The writing appears in three scripts: the top is some Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the midsection is Demotic script, and the bottom is Ancient Greek. Because it presented essentially the same text in all three sections, the stone provided the key to understand Egyptian hieroglyphs. Thomas Young of England and Champollion of France were the two men studying to understand hieroglyphs, but only one man was successful. Although only one man was successful both had a good approach to the decoding, I feel as Champollion had the best approach; Yes he was successful with the decoding but this is not the reason I feel this way. You can’t forget it was

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  • Explains that the rosetta stone was founded in 1799, inscribed with rules in 196 bc on behalf of king ptolemy v. the writing appears in three scripts: the top is egyptian hieroglyphs, the midsection is demotic script, and the bottom is ancient greek.
  • Opines that thomas young of england and champollion of france were the two men studying to understand hieroglyphs, but only one man was successful.
  • Explains that the greek inscriptions did reveal what the hieroglyphics meant, but the ancient language of the egyptians had not been spoken for over eight centuries. the first breakthrough was in 1814 with thomas young.
  • Opines that the french would not have made copies of the rosetta stone if they hadn't decoded the hieroglyphs. this gives great honor to both scholars not only because one started the translation and the other finished it.
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