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Rosetta Stone an inscribed stone found near Rosetta on the western mouth of the Nile in 1799. Its text, a decree commemorating the accession of Ptolemy V (reigned 205–180 bc), is written in three scripts: hieroglyphic, demotic, and Greek; the deciphering of the hieroglyphs by Jean-François Champollion in 1822 led to the interpretation of many other early records of Egyptian civilization. The Rosetta Stone is sometimes taken as the type of a mysterious cryptogram which, when decoded, will unlock other mysteries.

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Rosetta Stone Slab of black basalt inscribed with the same text in Egyptian hieroglyphics, demotic (a simplified form of Egyptian hieroglyphs) and Greek script. By comparing the three versions, Thomas Young (in 1818) and Jean-François Champollion (in 1822) deciphered the hieroglyphs, leading to a full understanding of hieroglyphic writing.

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Rosetta Stone: see under Rosetta.

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