Digital History of Ancient Egypt
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Ancient Egypt, that Race of Master Builders! An Egyptian saying has it that “All men fear time, but time fears the pyramids.” The Great Pyramids at Giza are but the cornerstone of Egypt’s astonishing architectural heritage. This is found throughout the very considerable length (but modest breadth) of the River Nile. Together with its wealth of tomb treasures, Egypt gave us mystical literature. Its poetry is as subtle as the pyramids are grand. The Book of the Dead guided spirits on their journey to the Isles of the Blessed. Egyptian religion was filled with deities: sun gods, river and land gods, animal gods, and sacred plants.
Life was harsh for the slave labor force that built the dreams of the master builders. But life for peasants was more benign. Crops flourished in the rich delta soil renewed each year by the gentle and predictable flooding of the Nile. Egypt’s urban dwellers enjoyed peace, security, and prosperity (and many indulgent practices), thanks to the vast stretches of desert that insulated and protected Egypt. And so the centuries went by. Pharaohs held sway over a civilization that saw them as the arbiters of the universal clockwork-mechanism that would always provide, much as the Nile did. But eventually, the relative stability of the Old and Middle Kingdoms gave way to foreign adventure and a taste for empire. This would bring conflict and conquest by the Hyksos and Sea People, and the ruin of this magnificent civilization.
That said, here’s our assortment… enjoy! When you’re done perusing the map, just close it, and you’ll be back here.
Ancient Egypt Index | Society • Prehistoric Egypt • Cities • Alexandria • Class • Clothing • Daily Life • Peasants • Wealth • Environment • Family • Manners and Customs • Personal Appearance • Public Health • Women: Beauty • Status • Love | Culture • Architecture • Design • Sites • Pyramids • Great Pyramids • Tombs • Art • Artists • Jewelry • Minor Arts • Egyptology • Language • Learning • Literature: Development • Fragments | Philosophy | Sculpture | Writing | Religion: Ikhnaton • Beliefs • Deities • Main Gods • Lesser Gods • Sky Gods • Sun Gods • River and Land Gods • Sacred Plants • Animal Gods | Power: Framework • Governance • Law • Old Kingdom • Middle Kingdom • First Intermediate Period • Twelfth Dynasty • Second Intermediate Period • Empire | Economy: Agriculture • Credit • Engineering • Exchange • Industry • Metallurgy • Minerals • Slavery