The Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian artifact that made it possible to glean meaning from hieroglyphic writings. The content of the etchings on the stone tablet proved not as memorable as the connections of the symbols to each other. The stone, a statement from Ptolemy V set down in 196 BC, held instructions to erect statues in temples and spelled out a particular tax repeal-news of the day, more or less. But the tablet depicted the messages in three languagestwo Egyptian and classical Greek. The lasting knowledge was to come in the comparison of the three languages, and in the ability to go from one to another.