Why does the Rosetta Stone have 3 types of writing?

The famous Rosetta Stone is a black granite slab inscribed with three ancient texts – two Egyptian and one Greek. In the end it helped the researchers to decipher ancient egyptian hieroglyphs whose meaning had eluded historians for centuries. But why did ancient scribes include three different types of writing or writings on this iconic stone in the first place?

The reason the stone has a trio of scenarios stems from the legacy of one of them Alexander the Greathis generals. The Greek text on the stone relates to the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, founded by Ptolemy I Soter, a Greek-speaking Macedonian general of Alexander. Alexander conquered Egypt in 332 BC and Ptolemy I Soter took control of the country nine years later after Alexander’s death. (Cleopatrawho died in 30 BC, was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic line.)

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