What is Rosetta Stone?
I’m not going to talk about the language learning software but the actual Rosetta Stone rediscovered by a French soldier named Pierre-François Bouchard during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt in July 1799. It is currently stored in British Museum.
The stone has three different levels of languages – upper Egyptian hieroglyphics, middle Egyptian demotic script and lower Greek. The inscription is a decree passed by a council of priests, one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13 year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.
Many people worked on deciphering hieroglyphs over several hundred years. However, the structure of the script was very difficult to work out. After many years of studying the Rosetta Stone and other examples of ancient Egyptian writing, a French scholar and archaeologist, Jean-François Champollion deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Every day, I was exposed to lots of new “old” things. I have to say, the more I study archaeology and history, the more I’m fascinated with it.
To be continued.