Rosetta Stone


Definition and Facts

Rosetta Stone’s height is 112.3 centimeters and is 75.7 centimeter in width and approximately 28.4 centimeters in thickness. It is made up of granodiorite igneous rocks which developed consciousness when this was again found in the year of 1799. Since it was primary Prehistoric Egyptian multi-lingual script discovered in the modern era. It holds the keys to decrypt the secrecies of prehistoric Egypt. The decoding of hieroglyphs is the main reason behind Rosetta Stone being so famous.  The ten things that you should know about Rosetta Stone are listed below:

 

1)    It was Manufactured before 2220 years before

It was manufactured a long time ago scaling back to 196 BC. During the rule of prehistoric Pharaoh named “Ptolemaic V. Epiphanes,” this stone was manufactured. He was the 5th leader of the Ptolemy descendant family. At the stage of 5, he became king in the year of 204 BC, his reign ended in the year 181 BC. During the 9 years of his rule, the Rosetta stone was established after the Coronation.

 

2)    All 3 handwritings were used on the stone as only 3 were available at that period in Egypt

Three kinds of scripts were used of the similar decree over the stone. This script which was written in the superior script was Prehistoric Egyptian hieroglyphics in the context were important. The middle part was demotic. This usual type of Script which was in Egyptian times were utilized in the writing letters, records etc.  the lower part was prehistoric Greek.  Writings of rulers of Egypt times.

 

3)    The Name “Rosetta Stone” was a city name in Egypt

This is scripted on the stone that once there was a city named Rosetta stone which has this huge stone established. It is also believed by some people that this stone was initially displayed in one of the temples. Then again after ages, it was utilized as a building material when Napolean invaded the great Ottoman Empire in the year 1798. The fort which was built from the stone was few miles away from the city, Rosetta. Hence this stone was named after the Rosetta city.

 

4)    Rosetta Stone is a most viewed item in the Museum of Britain.

In 1801, the British and the Ottoman troops were able to defeat the French troops located in Egypt. When Alexandria capitulated in 1801, the Rosetta stone was moved in the hands of  Britain. And the following year it was transported to the museum in Britain located in London. It can be seen by the general public and is the maximum viewed object inside the museum of Britain.

 

5)    It made the history of ancient Egypt more easy to study

The first 2 text were not readable by scholars when the stone was initially discovered however they knew Greek. This stone made it possible to dig into the ancient culture of the Egyptian civilization written on walls of catacombs.

 

6)    It was during 396 AD that hieroglyphs were last used

The Roman emperor great Theodosius 1st for the first time closed all the temples which were not-Christians during 391 AD. Use of the hieroglyphs declined gradually. The main drawback after the Rosetta stone was discovered was that not even single person knew hieroglyphs. It was a huge task to bring someone who can decode the script written on the Rosetta stone.

 

7)    Contribution of Thomas Young In the decipherment of hieroglyphs on the stone was Huge

The duplicity of the hieroglyphs was made by the French when British took the Rosetta stone away. So after the British took the original Rosetta stone, there started a competition among the two countries in the decipherment of the Script written on the Rosetta stone. It was an English man Thomas Young who was able to show some progress.

 

8)    The very first interpreter of the stone is Jean Champollion.

The famous French linguist and scholar Jean Champollion studied Coptic. It was the oldest language of the prehistoric times. He worked on a hypothetical alphabet related to hieroglyphs. And those alphabets proved that the 3000-year-old language could be understood.

 

9)    Egypt needs it back now

In the year of 2003 July, Zahi Hawass, Supreme Chief of Council of Antiquities asked Britain to return Rosetta stone.  As it belonged and is represented as an Egyptian Identity.

 

10)    Rosetta Stone now has become so popular that it is used in other formats too.

The term Rosetta is still used in biology multiple times to make clearly understand set of DNA segment inside the Human body. There is also a spacecraft name in the context of Rosetta Stone which was flung by European Astronomical Agency.