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How The Rosetta Stone Revolutionized Egyptology (Video)


In 1799, amidst the ruins of Napoleon's failed Egyptian campaign, a French soldier unearthed a peculiar black basalt slab near Rosetta. Little did he know that this discovery would change the course of history. The Rosetta Stone, a decree by King Ptolemy V inscribed in three languages—hieroglyphs, Demotic, and Greek—held the key to unlocking the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Decades passed, and the hieroglyphs remained an enigma until Jean-Francois Champollion, a linguist with a passion for unraveling ancient languages, cracked the code in 1822. The Rosetta Stone, now in the British Museum, became the linchpin for understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Beyond linguistic triumph, Champollion's breakthrough echoed through time, shedding light on biblical narratives. The hieroglyphs corroborated events like the Exodus, where the plagues and the disappearance of pharaohs aligned with historical inscriptions. In the temples of Luxor and Karnak, archaeologists found evidence of military campaigns described in the Bible, disproving skeptics and validating biblical accounts. The Rosetta Stone, once a silent witness to an ancient decree, became the echo of civilizations long gone, speaking volumes about the past.

Top image: Rosetta Stone. Source: Jens Teichmann / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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