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Wayback Wednesday: The Rosetta Stone

If we take a trip in the Wayback Machine and look back to this day in 1799, we’ll find that French soldiers in Egypt discovered the Rosetta Stone, which was instrumental in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. The top third of the stone is written in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle is Demotic script, and the bottom third is in Ancient Greek. It dates back to 196 BC in Memphis, Egypt, during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of the boy King Ptolemy V Epiphanes.

In February, for my birthday, my husband took me to London and it was such a dream come true (plus, who knew the world would soon after shut down for COVID-19). It was cold and rainy, but all of the interesting historic stuff was indoors. We went to the British Museum, a lifelong goal of mine, and among the many interesting things we saw was the Rosetta Stone. It was amazing to see it in person.