Deciphering the Rosetta Stone
Deciphering of the stone. A young Frenchman by the name of
Champollion, using the method of
comparing the known (Greek) with the unknown (Egyptian),
succeeded in the year 1818 in
deciphering the Egyptian languages. The middle writing on
the stone was a cursive type, and was
the vernacular of the common people. The top language was
the picture writing, or hieroglyphic
(sacred) language of Egypt. Following this discovery,
scholars were able to read hundreds and
thousands of old Egyptian inscriptions hitherto a mystery.
Much of the history of ancient Egypt
was suddenly made known to the world.
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