This Man Was the First to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphic Symbols, Yet People Keep Forgetting Him

It’s safe to say that there is no ancient writing system that has captured the attention of anyone who came across it the way Egyptian hieroglyphic writing has. For centuries, emperors, scholars, travellers, grave robbers, and many others have stopped by the walls of Egypt’s enduring monuments to examine the mysterious symbols and images etched into the stone, thinking about what they might mean. It wasn’t until in the 1820s that the French scholar Jean-François Champollion finally “cracked the code”, opening the door for the world to study and discover the…

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