Dec 27, 2014

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone
The British Museum
Bloomsbury - London, UK
Most of my photos from The British Museum are on a separate page, but The Rosetta Stone deserves its own entry.  It was carved during the Hellenistic Period and was discovered in Egypt by Pierre-Fran├žois Bouchard, a soldier in Napoleon's army, in July 1799.  It contains text written in Ancient Greek, Ancient Egyptian (Demotic) and Egyptian Hieroglyphics, and it was the key to the first translations of the latter.  It has been on display at The British Museum since 1802.

The front, side and back of The Rosetta Stone in its display case at The British Museum.
Closeup of some of the text on The Rosetta Stone.