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1822 Jean-François Champollion announces he has deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics using the Rosetta Stone

September 27, 2021

1822 Jean-François Champollion announces he has deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics using the Rosetta Stone

If you have been to the British Museum, you have probably noticed a stone with hieroglyphic inscriptions called the Rosetta stone. In 1799, a French officer named Bouchard unraveled a mystery stone with inscriptions of the Egyptian hieroglyphic texts. Tracing its organs in Rosetta, the stone was used as a royal element by Memphis priests who presided over religious events to Ptolemy V.

The story behind the Rosetta stone

Of all the stories that attracted insignificant rivalries and mixed reactions, Rosetta Stone is far more controversial. The stone traced its origins back to 196 B.C and was discovered in 1799 by a French soldier in Rosetta. While cruising Egypt’s Mediterranean’s Coast, the French expedition expert discovered a stone with inscriptions depicting the Ptolemy, a thirteen-year-old who ruled for eight years following the demise of his parents. The child patriarch saw beyond the land invaded by enemies.

The child leader witnessed the oppression that was happening in his kingdom. The priests decided to inscribe on the stone three times in hieroglyphics on Sept 27, 1822. Today, the stone inscriptions contain Egyptian, Greek and formal education.

Why is Rosetta stone relevant today?

A stone with inscriptions using three languages is such a rare occurrence. Rosetta stone is widely recognized because of this fact. At the time, people spoke and understood different languages. The stone has a three-language inscription to help people from all walks of life to read it. Most students willing to learn three languages can rely on inscriptions displayed on the Rosetta stone.


  1. Bernard Sternberg

    Thank you! I appreciate these tid bits of history.

  2. William J Granger

    Your description makes it sound as if the priests inscribed the Rosetta stone in 1822, but it was a 2000-year old artifact by then. I don’t understand the significance of the 1822 date.

  3. Deborah Rubin

    I find history but I wish there were more information on how he was able to decipher it.

  4. Mark Timon

    I apologize up front for what may seem a harsch comment, but…
    most of the posts in “Today in History” are poorly written. This one is a prime example. It is almost incomprehensible! Please, hire a professional editor to review submitted posts and hand them back to the authors for correction of syntax, sentnece clarity, and other improvements.

  5. Herby

    Thank you for knowledge sharing.
    Much appreciated


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