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As Machiavelli once said "Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results." It is these passions that we search for while delving into our history, a way of connecting to the great men and women who came before us. We reach back and learn from their mistakes and victories and gain a sense of belonging to the great cycle of life. For History Lovers is a place to explore our past and debate on the significance of major and minor historical events.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Rosetta Stone

Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Rosetta Stone is a decree honoring king Ptolemy V carved on a black basalt stela in Greek, Demotic Egyptian and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The stone which dates back to 196 BC would have been manufactured specifically to be housed in temple but sometime during the early Christian or medieval era it was moved and used as building material for the fort in the town of Rashid (also known as Rosetta). It remained there until a French Captain by the name of Pierre Francois Bouchard found it on July 15, 1799 while he was serving in Napoleon's army in Egypt. Attempts were then made to decipher the stone first by Thomas Young and then later by Francois Champollion who is generally credited as being the translator of the Rosetta Stone. The Rosetta Stone is one of the most important artifacts ever found in Egypt as it brought life to a language that might never have been deciphered otherwise. As a lover of of the Ancient Egyptian civilization, I can scarcely imagine the cultural insights we might not have uncovered had the Rosetta Stone never been found.

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