Rothenberg says it would be a huge mistake for the French in 1799 to have translated the Rosetta Stone, then ditched the original. Which it would have been, but that’s not an argument for emulation. It’s irrelevant. Hieroglyphs would have been cracked some other way. In terms of historical knowledge, a translation would have served just as well.

Moreover, there’s only one Rosetta Stone. We’re saving millions of digital documents, but they do not all have to be emulated, only one does (to follow that logic).