Hieroglyfisk inskription som bilag til Adolf Heinrich Friedrich Schlichtegrolls afhandling om Rosettestenen CC0
: before 1900

Decree, Hieroglyphic Inscription from the Rosette Stone reproduced in connction with Adolf Heinrich Friedrich Schlichtegroll's Treatise, 1817
Transfered from incised copper plate executed by Society of Antiquaries of London, after inscription on antique Egyptian stele

Lithograph. Inscription in pencil. 268 x 434 mm
Inventory number: E1338

Works, relating to this work: The Rosetta Stone, Ptolemaic stele, 196 BC, granodiorite, British Museum, London, Reg.nr. 24

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The fascination of Egypt Crosscuts

The birth of Egyptology

Alongside the artists’ notions of the exotic Egypt, there arose a real scientific interest in the antiquities and culture of Egypt. In 1798-1799 Napoleon Bonaparte was on a campaign of conquest in Egypt. With him he had a large number of scholars who investigated both contemporary and ancient Egypt. During the campaign the so-called Rosetta Stone was discovered – a temple stele with inscriptions in three written languages Greek, Egyptian Demotic and Egyptian hieroglyphics. The stone became the key to the decipherment of the hieroglyphics, which had hitherto been incomprehensible. This enabled a quite new understanding of ancient Egyptian culture, and Egyptology was born as a true branch of scholarship. This lithograph reproduces the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone and was made for a monograph on the inscriptions on the stone