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What is the Rosetta Stone? The Rosetta Stone is an Egyptian artifact used to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs. Like the Rosetta Stone, 123TeachMe will unlock all the "secrets" of the Spanish language!
Why is the Rosetta Stone written in three languages?
The Rosetta Stone is written in three languages because there were three languages being used in Egypt when it was written. The Rosetta Stone was written in hieroglyphic - a script used for religious documents. It was also written in demotic which was the common language of Egypt. In addtion, it was written in Greek. The Greeks ruled Egypt at the time the Rosetta Stone was written. The Rosetta Stone was written in three languages so that everyone in Egypt could read what it said.
The Rosetta Stone was found in a small village with the name of Rosetta (Rashid). It is called the Rosetta Stone because it was discovered in a town was called Rosetta (Rashid).
The Rosetta Stone was created around 196 B.C., but it was not discovered until 1799. The chance recovery of the Rosetta Stone was made by French soldiers who were stationed in Egypt.
The Rosetta Stone was written by a group of priests in Egypt to honor the pharaoh. It lists many actions performed by the pharaoh which benefited the priests of Egypt.
Deciphering the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone took several hundred years. After many years of studying the Rosetta Stone and other examples of ancient Egyptian writing, Jean-François Champollion deciphered the hieroglyphs in 1822. Jean-François Champollion was not like most Americans who are familiar with only one language, he could read both Greek and coptic. He eventually discovered what the seven demotic signs in coptic were. By looking at how these signs were used in coptic he was able to work out what they stood for. Then he began tracing these demotic signs back to hieroglyphic signs. By working out what some hieroglyphs stood for, he could make educated guesses about what the other hieroglyphs stood for. Needless to say, he was not a product of the American public school system!
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