Hieroglyphics and The Rosetta Stone Rosetta, Egypt Circa 399 B.C.

Hieroglyphics was a language that people used for hundreds of years in Egypt. Through understanding the language of Egypt the world discovered the uniqueness of the culture. For example the world learned that Egypt had formulated field of study in science and arithmetic; they established medical standards; and a stable government.

. Hieroglyphics is a Greek word that means sacred writing and is referring to the names of gods and goddesses found in the many tombs and temples. Hieroglyphics are similar to today's emojis. Hieroglyphics are pictures that mean words. For example the 😀emoji means you are happy but the 😢 emoji means you are sad . After a few hundred years hieroglyphics were taken over by other forms of language: 1)domestic; 2) Greek ; and 3) Coptic. After Hieroglyphics was dead for over 1,000 years the world found the Rosetta Stone and unlocked the secret of Hieroglyphics again.

The Rosetta Stone is a large tablet of volcanic rock about the size of a table and eleven inches thick. It was designed too commemorate the first anniversary of the coronation of thirteen year old Ptolemy the fifth. The Stone is written in three languages. The first language was Hieroglyphics which, as previously suggested, are similar to emojis . The second language was domestic which is similar to Arabic and cursive. The last language was Greek which is similar to print. The domestic form of writing was a simpler form of Hieroglyphics . Domestic consists of quick strokes of the hand creating pictures that were touching like cursive. After the Egyptian people were conquered by Alexander the Great, around the time the stone was made, Greek language came to Egypt.

After about 2,000 years Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Egypt while a fight between France and England . During the war, Napoleon excavated several artifacts, one of which was the Rosetta Stone. Napoleon wanted to learn all about Egypt so he hired 167 scholars and scientists to help decipher the Stone. Through works we now know about Egypt’s uniqueness.


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Giblin James the riddle of the Rosetta Stone/ key to ancient Egypt China 1990 Harpercollins children books


Created with images by Ryan Somma - "Rosetta Stone" • ~Sincere Stock~ - "Egypt 078" • D-Stanley - "Temple of Mut" • Averain - "The Rosetta Stone" • perpetualplum - "Napoleon"

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