6.04.2007

Rosetta Trifecta
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Good things do come in threes - we're now entering our third phase of working on the 'Rosetta Stone.' At Berkeley we got to translate some of this stone -it's often used to teach Demotic - the later derivative of hieroglyphics and hieratic - the cursive priestly language often written on tablets and papyri.


Ptolemy V - Silver Tetradrachm, Alexandria mint

Here's an excerpt of what is essentially an announcement of a tax cut by Greek ruler Ptolemeos V Epiphaneos, descendant of Alexander the Great's general Ptolemy, and founder of the Macedonian line of Kings - to be posted in the relevant temples. A few other copies of Ptolemy's decree have been found in Egypt:


In the reign of the new king, who was Lord of the diadems, great in glory, the stabilizer of Egypt, and also pious in matters relating to the gods, Superior to his adversaries, rectifier of the life of men, Lord of the thirty-year periods like Hephaestus the Great, King like the Sun, the Great King of the Upper and Lower Lands, offspring of the Parent-loving Gods, whom Hephaestus has approved, to whom the Sun has given victory, living image of Zeus, Son of the Sun, Ptolemy the ever-living, beloved by Ptah;

In the ninth year, when Aëtus, son of Aëtus, was priest of Alexander and of the Savior Gods and the Brother Gods and the Benefactor Gods and the Parent-loving Gods and the God Manifest and Gracious; Pyrrha, the daughter of Philinius, being athlophorus for Bernice Euergetis; Areia, the daughter of Diogenes, being canephorus for Arsinoë Philadelphus; Irene, the daughter of Ptolemy, being priestess of Arsinoë Philopator: on the fourth of the month Xanicus, or according to the Egyptians the eighteenth of Mecheir.

THE DECREE: The high priests and prophets, and those who enter the inner shrine in order to robe the gods, and those who wear the hawks wing, and the sacred scribes, and all the other priests who have assembled at Memphis before the king, from the various temples throughout the country, for the feast of his receiving the kingdom, even that of Ptolemy the ever-living, beloved by Ptah, the God Manifest and Gracious, which he received from his Father, being assembled in the temple in Memphis this day, declared:

Since King Ptolemy, the ever-living, beloved by Ptah, the God Manifest and Gracious, the son of King Ptolemy and Queen Arsinoë, the Parent-loving Gods, has done many benefactions to the temples and to those who dwell in them and also to all those subjects to his rule, being from the beginning a god born of a god and a goddess—like Horus, the son of Isis and Osirus, who came to the help of his Father Osirus—being benevolently disposed toward the gods, has concentrated to the temples revenues both of silver and of grain, and has generously undergone many expenses in order to lead Egypt to prosperity and to establish the temples... the gods have rewarded him with health, victory, power, and all other good things, his sovereignty to continue to him and his children forever


Demotic comes from the Greek word "demos" which means what? Just think 'democracy.'
Demotic originated in the Delta area after the 25th Dynasty, long after the invasion of the Peoples of the Sea and probably the diaspora of the Hebrews referred to in the Book of Exodus (if indeed this was a historical event and not an allegorical 'beginning' to the saga that was told by word of mouth.)

Rubbings of the stone can be had, and sometimes duplicates - the greatest contribution towards the understanding of the stone was perhaps made by 3 University of Pennsylvania undergraduates, whose concordance was duly hailed by the British Antiquities Society in London.

Following our experience with that text, we contibuted to RosettaNet and supply chain related EDI, whose main sponsor was the company Marshall Industries. One of our contributions was the ANSI EDI 204 transaction set, which governed information flows in the small package industry. This EDI specification was invented by UPS.

Having contributed to cross-platform supply chain rationalization and the real Rosetta Stone via the much less marketable Egyptian language, the third incidence of the Rosetta experience is the human genome, the grok of which is often compared to the transliteration of the Rosetta Stone. Our contribution here is a simple tool for evaluation of genetic risks as they relate to the brain and cognition, via Internet-enabled technologies - and this is the essence of the Revolution...

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