BBC Radio 4 „In our time“: The Rosetta Stone

„Melvyn Bragg and guests dis­cuss one of the most famous muse­um objects in the world, shown in the image above in repli­ca, and dat­ing from around 196 BC. It is a dam­aged, dark gran­ite block on which you can faint­ly see three scripts engraved: Greek at the bot­tom, Demot­ic in the mid­dle and Hiero­glyphs at the top. Napoleon’s sol­diers found it in a Mam­luk fort at Roset­ta on the Egypt­ian coast, and soon realised the Greek words could be used to unlock the hiero­glyphs. It was anoth­er 20 years before Cham­pol­lion deci­phered them, becom­ing the first to under­stand the hiero­glyphs since they fell out of use 1500 years before and so open­ing up the writ­ten cul­ture of ancient Egypt to the mod­ern age.
With Pene­lope Wil­son, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Egypt­ian Archae­ol­o­gy at Durham Uni­ver­si­ty, Camp­bell Price, Cura­tor of Egypt and Sudan at the Man­ches­ter Muse­um, and Richard Bruce Parkin­son, Pro­fes­sor of Egyp­tol­ogy and Fel­low of The Queen’s Col­lege, Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford.“

Sie kön­nen die Sendung, die am 11.2.2021 in der Rei­he „In our time“ lief, über die Seite der BBC nach­hören oder als Audio­datei herun­ter­laden.

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