The Rosetta Stone

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FINAL PROJECT Pulling out and looking through an Art History book can be overwhelming. The amount of content between the two covers is beyond understanding and each page depicts a different piece of art from generations of ancient history. In the past, before textbooks recorded the existence of these masterpieces, many people never fully knew about any of these great works. A complete mystery to the masses, but today, the power to obtain anything we want to find about almost any piece of art is available at our fingertips. Looking broadly at the entire book and choosing the most important and influential piece can be a bit of a challenge. Based on my knowledge and experience I have gained and gathered this semester I would make the claim that …show more content…
and was first discovered in 1799 (Story). The discovery took place at the site of a fort being reconstructed by Napoleon’s army near the town of el-Rashid (or Rosetta). So, after the defeat of Napoleon the British took ownership of the stone through Treaty of Alexandria (The Rosetta Stone). Originally it was the said that the stone was Basalt, but now studies have proven that it is actually a type of graphite called granodiorite (Rosetta Stone-BYU). Today the Rosetta stone can be located in the British Museum in London, England. It is the most popular exhibit in the museum (Rosetta …show more content…
The Rosetta stone contains three different translations of the same text. One translation was a Greek translation that could be read, but the two Egyptian translations that remained were still incomprehensible. In the book, it states that not until a English physician named, Thomas Young, linked a few of the Egyptian symbols or “hieroglyphs” to recognizable names in the Greek translation that correlated to certain symbols in the Egyptian translations, the Rosetta stone served no purpose. After the connection was made, the stone became arguably the most important deciphering tool known to man. Shortly after this remarkable find, Jean-Francois Champollion was able to locate two names in both Egyptian translations, Cleopatra and Ptolemy, and with the discovery of the symbols for P, T, O, L, he was able to build an “alphabet” of hieroglyphs. By the year 1822 Champollion had deciphered both of the unknown Egyptian texts (Stokstad). Because of the Rosetta stone and the research that was conducted on it, the findings of ancient Egyptian tombs and architectural creations could finally be studied and examined for the exact reason they were created. Scrolls and paintings could now be read and examined to discover the hidden secrets of a marvelous time of human

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