“‘…are standing by.'” / Memorable Fancies #1658

The Rosetta Stone has three inscriptions: Ancient Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Demotic script. Thus hieroglyphics were, finally, understood and translated.

But there was an error: scholars believed that the three inscriptions were identical in meaning, but they were not: the first two proclaimed a decree of King Ptolemy’s, but the third, given less attention by these scholars, as the first two were sufficient to solve the mystery of hieroglyphics, was actually a sales pitch for goods from the stone-carver’s workshop, offering discounts for prompt payment, a four and a half-star recommendation from the King’s pet slave, and a solicitation for further commissions. These would be executed faithfully at special discount prices just for you act now; sales-scribes are standing by.

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