Essay The Discovery Of The Rosetta Stone

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The Rosetta Stone is one of the most valuable pieces of art that is dated back to 196 BC. The Rosetta stone was discovered in 1799 by Napoleon’s French troops in present day Rashid, Egypt. The troops quickly realized its high value and it was taken to France, where it was examined by Thomas Young and Jean-Francois Champollion. Young and Champollion were two of the first people to decipher the ancient Egypt hieroglyphs by using the, “texts carved upon it… written in three languages: ancient hieroglyphics, Demotic and classical Greek” (“Should the British Museum Return the Rosetta Stone?”), which led to the understanding of the lost ancient Egyptian language and culture that died out in the 5th century. In 1801, the Rosetta Stone fell into the possession of the British under the Treaty of Alexandria when Napoleon was defeated. Since 1802, Britain has proudly displaced the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum located in London, England. Today, the Rosetta Stone is in an ethical battle on whether the stone should be placed back in the hands of the Egyptians or kept in the British Museum. Both countries have persuading arguments that has caused this topic to become a controversial debate all over the world and has led to many people questioning where the Rosetta Stone belongs.
Egypt does not have a legal battle over the Rosetta Stone due to Britain legally obtaining the stone from France in a war treaty. However, they do have an ethical argument that most people would agree…

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