The Rosetta Stone at the British Museum in London is a truly a national treasure. It is the last surviving fragment that carries an inscription in different languages. The slab fragment below records a decree way back on March 27, 196 B.C. The stone was believed to have been installed at a temple in Sais (Rosetta), a city in Egypt.
This is the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum in London. It is enclosed in a thick glass.
The upper texts are written using Egyptian hieroglyphics. This style of writing is commonly seen in Egyptian monuments, like the one inside the tomb of King Ramesses IV in Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
The middle texts are written in Demotic, the everyday language of those literate Egytians in ancient times.
The lower texts are written in Greek, the language of the government.
This stone helps in understanding modern Egyptian literature, history and civilization.
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