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The Rosetta Stone

Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Egyptian Gallery in the British Museum, and which has for more than a century been universally known as the “Rosetta Stone,” was found at a spot near the mouth of the great arm of the Nile that flows through the Western Delta to the sea, not far from the town of “Rashîd,” or as Europeans call it, “Rosetta.” According to one account it was found lying on the ground, and according to another it was built into a very old wall, which a company of French soldiers had been ordered to remove in order to make way for the foundations of an addition to the fort, afterwards known as “Fort St. Julien.”[1] The actual finder of the Stone was a French Officer of Engineers, whose name is sometimes spelt Boussard, and sometimes Bouchard, who subsequently rose to the rank of General, and was alive in 1814. He made his great discovery in August, 1799. Finding that there were on one side of the Stone lines of strange characters, which it wa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"The Rosetta Stone" is a very educational and interesting book. It delves into the history and meaning of the Rosetta Stone from an academic and analytical point of view. I highly recommend it for all of you fellow language and/or history nerds out there.

A little dry but interesting.