I was reading an article about Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island), and they mentioned how the written alphabet was forgotten because many of the inhabitants, including most of the nobility, died or were pressured into slavery after the arrival of the Europeans.
That got me to thinking. I know Champollion is credited with deciphering hieroglyphs thanks to the Rosetta Stone, but how did Egyptians forget what the written language meant? And when did the language get lost? Was it before the Roman Empire? Or during the early islamic period?
J’ai assez vécu pour voir que différence engendre haine.