Roman Period

Roman Period
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(31 BCE - 337 CE)

Under Roman rule the Egyptian city of Alexandria continued to be a center for intellectual and religious thought. Egyptian culture and funerary beliefs endured, with mummification still playing a central role in burial rites. However, by the 2nd century CE, when Roman rulers accepted Christianity as their official religion, the use of hieroglyphs and the language of ancient Egypt declined and eventually all knowledge of them was lost until the 18th century CE, when French scholar Jean Francois Champollion deciphered the language.

- Amber Myers Wells, (2006)