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Secrets of the Rosetta Stone

10 March, 2011

Part One Title your entry with the title of the video, Secrets of the Rosetta Stone.

Part Two Rate the video with 1 to 5 stars, 5 being the best.

Part Three Within your blog entry, review the video. Write a summary of what the video covered as if you are a journalist. Your entry should include 1 to 2 well-written paragraphs. Images are optional.

 

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****~Film rating: 4 Stars (Quite informative, but slight monotonous narration).~ ****

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Located at the entrance to the Egyptian Department in the British Museum of Natural History, lies the Rosetta stone. Buried in the sands of time, this incredibly important missing link was found by soldiers under the instruction of the great Napoleon. The expedition to seek Egyptian objects “gave birth to archaeology” and created what is known today as “Egyptology”. The finding of the Rosetta stone set off an international race to decipher its Hieroglyphics and Coptic writing from the Greek below them. When the Rosetta stone was first uncovered, archaeologists were hoping it was a key to the afterlife, or how the Egyptians came to be; instead it was giving praise to former leader, Ptolemy. At 3 feet, 9 inches tall, and 2 feet, 4 inches wide, this small stone sparked fascination into the eyes of the British public.

Matching “Ptolemy” and “Him” in Greek, appearing several times, Egyptologists were able to find reoccurring images in Coptic and hieroglyphics. With this, Egyptologists were able to decode the Rosetta stone, taking each image and systematically deciphering it. Archaeologists flocked to Egypt; started reading temples, cartouches and pyramids, attempting to unlock the ancient mysteries of one of the greatest civilizations to ever develop. Even non-Egyptian names were sounded out phonetically and spelled in hieroglyphs. This film thoroughly explained the history of hieroglyphics and Coptic. The video was a great visual tool to learn about Egyptian hieroglyphs. If one wants to learn about them, definitely check out this video by the History Channel!

 

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