The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone

British Museum Press

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The Rosetta Stone is one of the most popular artifacts in the British Museum. Containing a decree written in Greek, Demotic, and hieroglyphics, it proved to be the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics.

This concise study traces the history of `the most famous piece of rock in the world' to become a modern icon and tells the story of the race to use it to decipher Egypt's ancient script by Jean-François Champollion and Thomas Young. It also includes a translation of the text

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