Learn about the Rosetta Stone with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. In 196 BCE, priests of all the gods of Upper and Lower Egypt assembled at Memphis to celebrate the accession to the throne of the boy king Ptolemy V. He was already in the ninth year of his reign, but this was the first time that such a momentous gathering as this had taken place. The Council of Priests reviewed all the good works that Ptolemy had performed since acceding to the throne. They also decided that his services to Egypt merited extra honors to be paid to him in all major temples in Egypt. So, after this ceremony, the priests went about drafting a decree in which the good deeds of Ptolemy V and the extra honors to be paid to him were laid out.
They wrote a final copy of this decree in three languages: Greek, Demotic (New Egyptian) and Hieroglyphs (Old Egyptian). This decree was engraved onto hard stone and was to be set up in every temple in Egypt. Thus, the Rosetta stone was created.
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Are you perpetually fretting about what to talk about at dinner parties? Or maybe you're the type that is just always in search of some good trivia. Regardless of which, iMinds has put together another well-thought-out and concise program that can be easily listened to over the course of your morning commute or just an evening walk. This program, performed by the amiable Ellouise Rothwell, covers the Rosetta Stone. Listen along as Rothwell describes the history and importance of this celebrated artifact.
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