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1 Ancient Egypt The pyramid builders

2 Nile River Valley and Nile Delta
The Nile Valley: a) Had rich, dark soil from the Nile valley to the Delta b) Was a natural settling place for the nomads. Why would this be? c) Protected people from enemies by means of the desert and cataracts Nile River Valley and Nile Delta

3 Uniting Egypt: Monarchies: unrestricted rule by the king
Dynasties: a line of rulers from one family Narmer: King of Upper Egypt, he conquered lower Egypt and set up a government that ruled from 3,000 B.C. to 332 B.C

4 Three Great Periods of Ancient Egypt:
The Old Kingdom: 2,700 B.C. to 2,200 B.C. Middle Kingdom: 2,200 B.C to 1,600 B.C. The New Kingdom: 1,600 to 945 B.C.

5 The Old Kingdom: 2,700 B.C. to 2,200 B.C.
The king was regarded as a god. It was a religious Theocracy (he was both political and religious leader). There was also a bureaucracy: a group of officials was delegated by the king to help carry out all responsibilities. The Pyramids: eternal resting place from which to guide the kingdom after death.

6 The Middle Kingdom: 2,200 B.C to 1,600 B.C.
Time of upheaval and violence Eventually, Egyptians were conquered by Hyskos from Asia, due to their bronze weapons and horse drawn chariots. Hyskos ruled for about 100 years.

7 The New Kingdom: 1,600 B.C. to 945 B.C.
Ahmose, an Egyptian prince, raised an army and drove the Hyskos out of Egypt in 1,600 B.C. He named himself Pharaoh- “Great house of the king”

8 Life in Ancient Egypt

9 Family Life In ancient Egypt family life began early.
Men and women tended to marry quite young in ancient Egypt and everyday life reflected their commitment to the sanctity of the family unit. Divorce was known to have existed but does not appear to have been that prevalent or common. Marriages were generally polygamous; at least in the royal and noble circles, with the husband having several wives.

10 Role of Women The role of women in ancient Egyptian society is often a surprise. It is usually assumed that women were relegated to the role of a second class citizen, when actually the opposite was true. Women were allowed to own property, testify in court and conduct business dealings. More than one woman even ruled the Egyptian land as pharaoh. While women were highly regarded and given rights that most of their contemporaries in other lands could only dream of, daily life in ancient Egypt for women also involved responsibilities for most of the duties of the home. It was the woman's responsibility to raise the children, see to the home and prepare the meals.

11 Social Stratification
Upper Classes: royalty, nobles, and priests They controlled religious and political affairs They lived in cities or on estates; they had elegant gardens, pools, and orchards Nobles often underwent the time-consuming process of mummification after death.

12 Social Stratification
Middle Classes: artisans, scribes, merchants, tax collectors They carried out the business activities of Egypt They lived in cities, in comfortable, but not elegant homes The daily life of people of ancient Egypt was very involved with the various gods and goddesses who ruled Egyptian mythology. It was quite acceptable to worship more than one deity and most towns and villages throughout Egypt did so, although a city would normally claim a patron god. Temples were built and scattered throughout Egypt, reflecting a religion that involved frequent rites, rituals and practices.

13 Social Stratification
Peasant life in ancient Egypt was not always pleasant. Most peasants made their living off the land through agricultural means. Grain, particularly wheat, was a staple crop of life in ancient Egypt. As a result of few grazing lands and the expense of meat, most peasants subsisted off a diet of ground wheat foods, subsidized with meager vegetables. The Egyptians were one of the first people to introduce the use of the ox-drawn plow; however the work of plowing, planting and harvesting would have still been very difficult. Taxes were also imposed on the crops, which would have also made it difficult for most peasant families to move beyond their poor means.

14 Ramses II (Ramses the Great)
Ramses the Great ruled for 67 years He erected many monuments to himself He lived to be nearly 90 years old (back in 1,237 B.C.) The process of his mummification lasted over 100 days After his death, Egypt went into decline

15 Temples of Ancient Egypt

16 Writing: Hieroglyphics
-Picture symbols etched onto slate or on the inner walls of pyramids Your name in Hieroglyphics

17 Art and Architecture Detailed painting Pyramids Hieroglyphics
Mummification Tombs Clay painting Pottery

18 Contributions of ancient Egyptians:
Mathematics- Pyramids and monuments could not have been built without knowledge of math. 365-day calendar- based on the moon and Sirius Ox-drawn plow Medical Expertise: Human Anatomy, embalming, Doctors, splints, bandaging, etc Painting, pyramids, pottery, etchings

19 References Photos: Egypt People: Maps:
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