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2supposed to be possible, but I found a way supposed to be possible, but I found a way . I won’t write it down in the journal in case it falls into the wrong hands.Dear Diary,1/06I’ve been sailing along the Nile for days now. The papyrus canoe I borrowed from a local fishermen is defiantly not suited for long trips. Oh, did I mention that I decided to travel to Ancient Egypt? I know time travel isn’tHere’s a photo I took of my canoe. I know, it’s a bit shabby, but I like it.
3Dear Diary,3/06when one of the children spotted me. She told me her name was Tawaret, and introduced her family. They asked me to stay with them for a while!Finally! After a few days of floating along the Nile, I’ve found a village! I was sitting in my canoe when I spotted mud brick houses up ahead. I was trying to decide whether to just float up to them and make myself known, or spy on the villagers for a while,
4Dear Diary,3/06They were made of mud from the Nile river, which was then shaped and dried in the sun. Temples were the only buildings made completely from stone.The family I’m staying with live in this village. The two daughters are named Tawaret and Kiya, the boys are Horus and Ammon, their mother’s called Nephthys, and their father’s name is Aapep. Ancient Egyptians lived in Mud-brick houses.
5Dear Diary,3/06Both wear as much gold jewellery as the can afford, and head dresses on special occasions. By the way, children up until the age of 6 don’t even wear clothes!The clothes Ancient Egyptians wear are kind of strange. The adults wear Clothes that are almost always made of flax, and the richer the family, the more transparent they were. Men wear wrap-around skirt with a belt, while women wear full length dresses with straps.
6Dear Diary,She also showed me that ancient Egyptians get water from the Nile river.4/06Nephthys took me to the market today. One of the strangest things I find about Ancient Egypt is about something as simple as milk! Nephthys has just told me that it’s a prised beverage. I guess I’m not going to get any cornflakes here…
7Dear Diary,5/06Beer made from bread is a popular drink. Average Egyptians only eat meat on special occasions,Kiya taught me some more stuff about ancient Egyptian diets today. Average Egyptian households eat three times a day, while Royal Egyptians eat five times a day!
8Dear Diary,7/06The ancient Egyptians seem to have a god or goddess for everything! Tawaret took me to the temple to learn more about the main gods in ancient Egypt, like Ra, Horus and Osiris. I found the goddess Isis most interesting. She’s the goddess of magic.Here’s a photo I took of the eye of Horus today. It’s a powerful symbol of the ancient Egyptian god, Horus.
9Dear Diary,7/06Tawaret has just told me that ancient Egyptians believed that temples were the homes of their gods and goddesses. Every temple is dedicated to a different one, and they are worshiped their by their own priests and priestesses..
10Dear Diary,7/06In the months that they weren’t need a their temple, they lived a lot like any other average citizens.Priests and Priestesses weren’t just taught how to worship, they learned to defend and guard their temples, and supervise work in the temple workshops. Offerings were given to gods. The job of priest were hereditary.
11Dear Diary,8/06Nephthys told me that you either have to build one yourself, or buy one. Their mainly made out of papyrus, like my canoe.There are four ways to get around in ancient Egypt, besides walking of course. Ancient Egyptians get around on chariots, boats, donkeys and camels. The main mode of transport is boats, although not many people own them.
12Dear Diary,8/06but I think that’s too long a name for a camel, so I just call her Daisy . They keep giving me weird looks for that… There are also donkeys, but they can’t carry heavy loads, and need to be feed a lot more, unlike camels.Chariots aren’t used much either, unless you needed to get somewhere in a rush. Camels on the other hand, are a completely different story. Nearly every household has one, even the family I’m staying with do. They’ve named her Nathifa,
13Dear Diary,9/06Ancient Egyptians also enjoy sports like hunting and fishing.Ancient Egyptians played a lot of sports. They didn’t have technology to entertain them, so they played sports like: Archery, Chariot Racing, Gymnastics, Swimming and heaps of different ball games.
14Dear Diary,10/06Children who were going to be priests, scribes or artists also learned to write in hieroglyphics.Guess who snuck into school today. I did! Ancient Egyptian Children attend school between the ages 4 and 14. Boys and girls attended school together, where they learned to read, write, and do maths. Teachers used a stick to punish children. Ouch!
15Dear Diary,10/06beer making and weaving and the arts of music and dancing. Girls got married a soon as possible after this.When boys turn 14, they follow their father’s trade, which could range from working in the fields, to becoming lawyers. Girls from both rich and poor family's were stayed at home after they turned 14, were they learned how to run a household, female trades like
16Dear Diary,12/06and set out along the Nile in my little canoe again. I wonder how long it’ll take to get to Giza…Okay. I’ve decided to leave the family I’m staying with to continue my research. I want to learn about pyramids and mummification and all that, and there’s not really much of that where I am . I’ve packed up all my junk (umm… I mean valuable equipment)
17Dear Diary,15/06managed to trade the remnants of my canoe and a couple of other things for a camel. They told me her name was Hasina. At least it’s not as hard a name to pronounce as the last camel I met.It might take a little longer than I thought to take to get to Giza. I may have crashed my canoe into the river bank today, just maybe! I had to walk for about 10 minutes to get to a village, but it was horrid in the heat! it I was exhausted by the time I rocked up at the village. I
18Dear Diary, I’m off to learn about the government and laws. 15/06I’m off to learn about the government and laws.I found Giza! I’ve figured that I must be around the Middle kingdom period, since what I know as the pyramid of Giza is still being built. It looks massive! It’s made entirely out of limestone, the original height is metres. Anyways, enough about that.
19Dear Diary,16/06pharaoh was said to be the human embodiment of the god Horus. Anyways, onto laws!Okay, so the governments in ancient Egypt is ruled almost completely by a pharaoh, and their advisors. Being a pharaoh is like being king or queen in Ancient Egypt, and the position is hereditary. Governments and religion were kind of mashed together in Ancient Egypt. TheA painting of a pharaoh's sarcophagus I bought. Isn’t it cool?
20Dear Diary,17/06peace and order. If you didn’t follow strict ruled, you could be denied access to the afterlife. The pharaoh had officials that caught criminals. They were like the police today.Pharaohs were the ones who created laws in Ancient Egypt, and the ones who enforced, and punished those who broke them. The punishments for breaking laws were harsh, and were based on the idea of Ma’at. Ma’at was the concept of
21Dear Diary,17/06decorate their homes. Ancient Egyptians believed that the dead went into an afterlife, and that the sarcophagus was to be a beautiful place for the body to rest.Ancient Egyptian art was based heavily on their gods, lifestyles and leaders. You often see paintings of everything a pharaoh would need in the after life and pictures of gods doing their daily works. They also made beautiful and useful items to
22Dear Diary,18/06Written records of the Egyptian language have been dated from about 3400 BCE, making it one of the oldest recorded languages known, outside of Sumerian, and written language has dated back form 3200 BCE.
23Dear Diary,19/06This is because slaves were dying working to build pyramids, and starving to death.This will be my last entry. I have decided to write about thing that I believed that I would have changed in ancient Egypt. I believe that the pharaohs should have spent more money taking car of their lower class people and slaves, instead of doting on the officials and rich citizens.
24BibliographyStrudwick H The Encyclopaedia of Ancient Egypt. Amber Wood books