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Heroes from the Past

Jean-Francois Champollion

Jean-François Champollion, was born on the 23rd of December 1790 and died on the 4th of March 1832. He was a French scholar, philologist and orientalist, decipherer of the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Champollion published the first translation of the Rosetta Stone hieroglyphs in 1822, showing that the Egyptian writing system was a combination of phonetic and ideographic signs.

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