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#40 – Rosetta Stone

Discovering Egypt Newsletter

Something our modern judges and politicians should read…

“The Egyptians apply special diligence to the administration of justice. They are convinced that the decisions of the courts have a most important influence on the public well-being. They believe that errors are best corrected when one punishes trespassers and gives support to the injured.

“In countries where the trespasser’s fear of the courts is allayed by money or trickery, the state can only decay.”

Diodorus Siculus on the Egyptian Judicial System

One of the most fascinating BBC Radio 4 programs of the past decade was ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’. In each programme an object from the British Museum’s collection reveals a story.

Neil MacGregor, (Director of the British Museum) wrote and narrated, an epic, one hundred programmes covering two million years of human history.

The example below is on the Rosetta Stone and tells a story of Ptolemy V, a Greek king who ruled Egypt from Alexandria, and the struggle between Britain and France during the Napoleonic wars.

Discover Secret Egypt

In January 2015. Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (UK) will hold an exhibition of 150 objects including ceramics, jewellery, statues, coffins and animal and human mummies.

Three Germans nutty and six corrupt Egyptians accused of damaging the Great Pyramid in Giza have been sentenced to five years.


How the Theban Mapping Project’s Effort to Document Ancient Egypt Has Also Documented the Contemporary History of Technological Innovation

More than 1000 glyphs including 400 Egyptian word examples and over 500 hieroglyphs from the Gardiner list. The history of Egyptian writing and mathematics, the use of the different types of symbols, how to write your name, how to recognize kings names and the story of the scribe.

All content can be printed including typewriter and calculator functions. There are also navagation and search text functions. You can quickly write names and short secret messages and then select print from the menu.

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