Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone is a stele bearing a decree by Ptolemy V on which the same text was inscribed in hieroglyphs, demotic and ancient Greek making it a key artefact for the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs. The stele can now been viewed in the British Museum.

The hieroglyphic section of the Rosetta Stone is replicated below.

The Rosetta Stone copyright J Hill 2010
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