Rosetta Stone Detail, Hieroglyphic Text

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 15 July 2016

This is a zoomed-in detail of the upper part of the Rosetta stone showing the hieroglyphic inscription. The Rosetta Stone is a large, mostly complete fragment of a grey-pink granodiorite stela. A decree was carved on this stela using 3 ancient texts in 3 separate blocks; hieroglyphic, demotic, and Greek. This decree was passed by a council of priests. It affirms the royal cult of king Ptolemy V (who was 13-years-old) on the first anniversary of his coronation. It was found at Fort Saint Julien of El-Rashid (Rosetta) city, Egypt. It was excavated by Pierre-Fran├žois Bouchard (a French officer in the Engineers at Fort Julien) in 1799 CE and was donated to the British Museum by King George III of the United Kingdom in 1802 CE. Ptolemaic Period, 196 BCE. (The British Museum, London).

About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2016, July 15). Rosetta Stone Detail, Hieroglyphic Text. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Rosetta Stone Detail, Hieroglyphic Text." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 15, 2016.

MLA Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Rosetta Stone Detail, Hieroglyphic Text." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 15 Jul 2016. Web. 22 Apr 2019.

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