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11 What was inscribed on this ancient stone discovered at the mouth of the Nile?

Rosetta Stone



 The Rosetta Stone was dug up by soldiers of Napoleon's expeditionary force to Egypt in the village of Rosetta, from which it gets its name. Inscribed on it are texts in three languages: the top text is in hieroglyphic script, the middle text is in the common script known as Demotic, and the bottom text is in Greek script. It was deciphered in 1822 after more than 20 years of work by scholars including the French linguist Jean-François Champollion.
 The stone was found to be a stele inscribed with three versions of a text written in 196 BC that extolled the good government of Ptolemy V Epiphanes. It was also linguistically significant in that it proved the close links between Ancient Egyptian and Coptic. It was acquired by Britain as one of the spoils of war when France surrendered, and it is now in the British Museum. The stone in this collection is a replica.
                            (100×78cm )


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