The Rosetta Stone

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501 words
501 words


The Rosetta stone the key to the Egyptians

I chose the Rosetta stone because of its mysteries and unsolved scripts and hieroglyphics. It occurred to me when I was reading up on Egyptians. I hope to learn the guarded secrets it holds so I can know to decipher the ancient texts and to reveal the secrets of the Egyptians.

The Rosetta stone is found in a British museum in London.

The Rosetta stone is three feet nine inches long, two feet four and a half inches wide, and eleven inches thick.

The Rosetta stone was discovered in 1799 that may mean that it has been lost for almost 1400 years.

Athanasius kircher, a German priest of the 1600s, wrote the first grammar and vocabulary of Coptic, the language of the Christian Egypt.

The French general Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt with an army of 38,000 soldiers.

Egyptians wrote on stones called slabs.

In 1802, the Rosetta stone was shipped to England.

On august 1st the British army caught the French fleet off guard and completely destroyed Alexandria.

After almost one hundred years of deciphering the Rosetta stones hieroglyphics were translated in 1850.

The Rosetta stone has three different scripts.

People who could write in ancient times were called scribes.

Scribes wrote on paper called papyrus.

The advance language called Coptic replaced the ancient Egyptians language.

Coptic had then had been replaced by a further advanced language called Arabic.

Egyptians wrote in sign called hieroglyphics.

Instead of the word people in Egyptian language it was called demotic.

On July 1,1798 Napoleons army captured the city Alexandria.

Napoleon entered the Egyptian capital, Cairo in July on the 21st.

Egyptian text that was enclosed in an oval outline is called a cartouche.

Cartouche a French word meaning cartridge.

French surrender to British September 1801.
Jean François Champollion was born 1790.

Champollion graduated in 1807.

Champollion, in 1822 was reserved a position on deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta stone.

Thothmes was a pharaoh who ruled from 1501 to 1447 B.C.

A book on hieroglyphics was published in 1824.

On March 4, 1832 Champollion died in series of strokes.

By 2500 B.C. complete sentences began appearing on tomb inscriptions.

Demotic was first known as hieratic.

The French discovered the Rosetta stone in 1799.


The researcher learned that the Rosetta stone is one of the most important artifacts of the Egyptians. It was written in three ancient scripts and is located at the British museum in London.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that they chose the rosetta stone because of its mysteries and unsolved scripts and hieroglyphics. they hope to learn the guardian secrets it holds so they can decipher the ancient texts.
  • Explains champollion was reserved a position on deciphering the hieroglyphics on the rosetta stone.
  • Explains that the rosetta stone is an important artifact of the egyptians. it was founded in 1799 and the british and french were fighting for the stone.
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