Rosetta Stone Detail, Demotic Text

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 15 July 2016

This is a zoomed-in detail of the middle part of the Rosetta stone showing the Demotic text. The Rosetta Stone is a large almost 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 in 1799 CE. It was excavated by Pierre-Fran├žois Bouchard (a French officer in the Engineers at Fort Julien) 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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