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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:40 pm 
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I thought we had a thread on the Rosetta Stone here but, I guess not. I have the BBC movie on DVD and it's pretty good. It's based on a true story of the race between Jean-Fran├žois Champollion and that other guy (Thomas Young) to be the first to decipher and translate the Rosetta Stone. It also does a great job of showing how the church gets involved to try to control the situation.

Rosetta Stone Language Key Part 1 (1-8)


Until the discovery of the Rosetta Stone by Napoleon's troops in 1799 and the subsequent translation of such by Champollion in 1822, no one could read Egyptian hieroglyphs!

The BBC DVD set is "Egypt: Rediscovering a Lost World" it is a 2 DVD set from 2006. Disc 1 is titled, The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone and disc 2 is Secrets of the Hieroglyphs

BBC Documentary: The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone

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The Rosetta Stone was carved in 196 BC

As a backup video: The Rosetta stone (1/5)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iVkW_nToCc

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:34 am 
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Freethinkaluva22 wrote:


Hi FTL, this long loss of Egyptian script really is a critical point for understanding how we relate now to ancient Egypt. It seems the Greeks and Romans were so indifferent to Egypt, considered the Egyptians so inferior, that they did not bother to retain any knowledge of this high predecessor civilization, and then we know the sorry record of Christian destruction leading to the Dark Ages. We have this popular myth of Western civiliization, something that Gandhi said would be a good idea, whereas in reality the Greeks and Romans were the barbarians.

As we consider conventional theories of "progress", with human cultural evolution supposedly continually advancing to higher levels, the loss of the massive knowledge embedded in the hieroglyphic record, of which we have only the barest fragmentary remains, indicates that in many respects culture has not progressed but has regressed.

The findings of readers such as Massey were so subversive towards dominant European paradigms that Massey's research was buried with ridicule. The Christian bigots could not suppress Darwin, but they most certainly could and did suppress the findings of Massey, who was a far easier target than Darwin. It is wonderful that Acharya has revived this magnificent learning in the midst of extreme prejudice.


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