The Rosetta Stone By Thomas Halloran

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The Rosetta Stone
By Thomas Halloran

The Rosetta Stone was a crucial part of deciphering hieroglyphs for mankind. The Rosetta Stone is a large piece of dark grey granite. The Stone is three feet nine inches long and two feet four inches wide. The stone approximately weighs a massive 1,680 pounds. Carved by the Egyptians in 196 B.C., the Stone contains a portion of text reflected in three scripts. One of the scripts, Hieroglyphs, had not been deciphered when the Stone was discovered. The other two scripts are Demotic and Classical Greek. Demotic is a language spoken by the Egyptians used in the Nile Delta. The Stone was discovered by the French at the end of the 18th century. The Rosetta Stone was the key to translating the Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt which allowed Scholars to understand much more about the culture and society of the period.

The Discovery of the Rosetta Stone allowed scholars to translate Hieroglyphs in Pyramids and tombs. This allowed them to go back in time and learn about what was going on in Ancient Egypt. Religion was an essential part of everyday in Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians thought of themselves to be working with the gods. They built temples to worship the State Gods, but the temples were not open to the public. The pharaoh supposedly had direct access to the gods. The Egyptians believed that soul was made up of nine different parts, as opposed to people in modern times usually believing it is just one part. In Ancient Egypt a…

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