The Rosetta Stone

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On 15 July 1799 a group of French soldiers from Napoleon’s army found a rock slab in Egypt, which is known today as ‘Rosetta Stone’. Its inscription represents the most ancient bilingual text found in modern times and was fundamental in the deciphering of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic.

 

The top register of the slab is composed of Egyptian hieroglyphs, followed by demotic text – the common script in Ancient Egypt – and Greek.

 

The Rosetta Stone was created in 196 B.C. and is currently on display at the British Museum in London.