The Decrees of Memphis and Canopus: The Rosetta stone

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K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Company, Limited, 1904
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Pagina 103 - Having thus obtained a sufficient number of common points of subdivision, we may next proceed to write the Greek text over the enchorial, in such a manner that the passages ascertained may all coincide as nearly as possible; and it is obvious that the intermediate parts of each inscription will then stand very near to the correspond* ing passages of the other.
Pagina 8 - ... artificial, which consisted of antiquities and Arabian manuscripts, among the former of which was the Rosetta Stone, was insisted upon by the noble General with his usual zeal for science. Upon which I had several conferences with the French General Menou, who at length gave way, saying, that the Rosetta Stone was his private property; but, as he was forced, he must comply as well as the other proprietors. I accordingly received from the...
Pagina 9 - MENOU'S house in Alexandria, covered with soft cotton cloth and a double matting when I first saw it. The General had selected this precious relic of antiquity for himself. When it was understood by the French Army that we were to possess the antiquities, the covering of the Stone was torn off, and it was thrown upon its face, and the excellent wooden cases of the rest were broken off ; for they had taken infinite pains in the first instance to secure and preserve from any injury all the antiquities....
Pagina 104 - Egyptians ; the division of several words and phrases plainly indicating the direction in which they are to be read. It is well known that the distinct hieroglyphical inscriptions, engraved on different monuments, differ in the direction of the corresponding characters : they always face the right or the left of the spectator according as the principal personages of the tablets, to which they belong, are looking in the one or the other direction ; where, however, there are no tablets, they almost...
Pagina 102 - Mr. de Sacy, in his Letter relating to this inscription. A small group of characters, occurring very often in almost every line, might be either some termination or some very common particle ; it must, therefore, be reserved, till it is found in some decisive situation, after some other words have been identified, and it will then easily be shown to mean and.
Pagina 103 - Greek, except the word king, with its compounds, which is found about thirty seven times. A fourth assemblage of characters is found fourteen times in the enchorial inscription, agreeing sufficiently well in frequency with the name of Ptolemy, which occurs eleven times in the Greek, and generally in passages corresponding to those of the enchorial text in their relative situation : and, by a similar comparison, the name of Egypt is identified, although it occurs much more frequently in the enchorial...
Pagina 7 - Alexandria, the siege of which city terminated the labours of the British army in Egypt, all the curiosities, natural and artificial, collected by the French Institute and others, were to be delivered up to the captors. This was refused on the part of the French General to be fulfilled, by saying they were all private property. Many letters passed ; at length, on consideration that the care in preserving the insects and animals had made the property in some degree private, it was relinquished by...
Pagina 10 - Stone, determining to share its fate, on board the Egyptienne frigate, taken in the harbour of Alexandria, and arrived at Portsmouth in February 1802. When the ship came round to Deptford, it was put in a boat and landed at the Custom-House ; and Lord Buckinghamshire, the then Secretary of State, acceded to my request, and permitted it to remain some time at the apartments of the Society of Antiquaries, previous to its deposit in the British Museum, where I trust it will long remain, a most valuable...
Pagina 8 - MENOU. and put in a state of defence ; it stands near the mouth of the Nile, on the Rosetta branch, where are, in all probability, the pieces broken off. I was also informed, that there was a stone similar at MENOUF, obliterated, or nearly so, by the earthen jugs being placed on it, as it stood near the water ; and that there was a fragment of one, used and placed in the walls of the French fortifications of Alexandria. This Stone was carefully brought to General MENOU'S house in Alexandria, covered...
Pagina 9 - ... great civility ; the reverse I experienced from some others. When I mentioned the manner the stone had been treated to Lord Hutchinson, he gave me a detachment of artillerymen, and an artillery-engine, called, from its powers, a...

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