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1 Ancient Egypt

2 Geography of Ancient Egypt “Gift of the Nile” A. The Longest River – The Nile - The Nile begins near the equator in Africa and flows north to the Mediterranean. - In the south the Nile churns with cataracts, or waterfalls. - The Nile River branches into a delta: an area near a river’s mouth where the water deposits fine soil. - The Upper Nile is in the south and the Lower Nile is in the north. - The Nile Floods 1. Farmers could predict when to plant crops.

3 B. Red Land, Black Land The region along the Nile where people lived is called the black land because of the fertile soil the floods deposited. The region along the Nile where people lived is called the black land because of the fertile soil the floods deposited. The red land was barren desert beyond the fertile region. The red land was barren desert beyond the fertile region. Black Land Red Land

4 C. Isolation Egypt was protected from enemies because of: Egypt was protected from enemies because of: 1. It has harsh desert climate. 2. The Mediterranean Coast lacked good harbors.

5 Land of Plenty The Ibis bird flew from the south just before floods. The Ibis bird flew from the south just before floods. Agricultural Techniques Agricultural Techniques - Egyptians dug canals that carried water to dry lands. - They used a tool, called the shaduf, to spread water across the fields which gave them more farmland. Egyptian Crops Egyptian Crops - First to grind wheat into flour. - Grew vegetables, such as, lettuce, radishes, asparagus, and cucumbers. Ibis shaduf

6 Land of Plenty (Continued) Grew fruits, such as dates, figs, grapes, and watermelon. First to weave fibers from flax into a fabric called linen. a. men wore - linen wraps. b. women wore - loose sleeveless dresses. c. They also wove marsh grasses into sandals.

7 Land of Plenty (Continued) D. Egyptian Houses - Egyptians built houses using bricks made of mud mixed with chopped straw. - Most Egyptians slept on woven reed mats. - Wealthy citizens enjoyed bed frames and cushions. - Nobles had fancier homes with tree lined courtyards for shade, where poor Egyptians went to a roof to cool off.

8 Geography Shapes Egyptian Life A. Mining -Egyptians wanted iron and gold. -Nub was the Egyptian word for gold. -Nubia got it’s name because it had the richest gold mines in Africa. -Mining materials was difficult. - Egyptians also mined precious stones.

9 B. Fishing and Hunting - Used everything from nets to harpoons to catch fish. - Some of the more adventurous hunters hunted hippos and crocodiles. - They also hunted quail, ducks, and geese.

10 C. Transportation and Trade - The Nile became a highway. - Because of the current, the Egyptians used paddles to go faster when traveling north. Going South they used sails. - Surpluses led to trade with each other. - Their method of trade was called bartering.

11 Life in Ancient Egypt: Work and Family Life Specialized Jobs Food surpluses allowed society’s economy to expand. Food surpluses allowed society’s economy to expand. Specialized jobs were created for the complex Egyptian society: Specialized jobs were created for the complex Egyptian society: –Farmers –Scribes –Artisans Trade Egyptians used the Nile to trade with other Africans. Egyptians used the Nile to trade with other Africans. Egyptian products traded: Egyptian products traded: –Scrolls –Linen –Gold –Jewelry Brought back: Brought back: –Exotic woods –Animal skins –Live beasts

12 Rulers and Priests As Egypt grew it was divided into 42 provinces. As Egypt grew it was divided into 42 provinces. Egypt created an army to defend itself. Egypt created an army to defend itself. One of the highest jobs in Egypt was a priest. One of the highest jobs in Egypt was a priest. Together priests and rulers held ceremonies to please the gods. Together priests and rulers held ceremonies to please the gods. Egyptians believed if the gods were angry the Nile would not flood! Egyptians believed if the gods were angry the Nile would not flood!

13 Slaves At the bottom of society. At the bottom of society. How to become a slave: How to become a slave: –Owed a debt –Committed a crime –Captured in war Most treated well unless they worked the mines. Most treated well unless they worked the mines. –Many died from the exhausted labor. Life for Women Egyptian society men and women had equal rights. Egyptian society men and women had equal rights. –Could both own and manage their own property. Main job for women was to care for children and their home. Main job for women was to care for children and their home. Other jobs: Other jobs: –Wove cloth –Worked fields and workshops with husbands

14 Boys and girls from wealthy families went to schools run by scribes or priests. Boys and girls from wealthy families went to schools run by scribes or priests. Other children learned their parents’ jobs. Other children learned their parents’ jobs. Almost all married in their early teens! Almost all married in their early teens! Childhood Toys: Toys: –Dolls –Animal figures –Board games –Marbles Parents made toys from wood or clay. Parents made toys from wood or clay. Played physical games with balls made of leather or reeds. Played physical games with balls made of leather or reeds.

15 Expanding Knowledge Astronomy Priests studied sky as part of their religion Priests studied sky as part of their religion Developed world’s first practical calendar Developed world’s first practical calendar Geometry Used knotted ropes to measure land boundaries after the Nile flooded. Used knotted ropes to measure land boundaries after the Nile flooded. Squares and triangles were sacred. Squares and triangles were sacred. –Used to design royal temples and monuments.

16 Medicine Doctors prepared dead bodies for burial. Doctors prepared dead bodies for burial. Performed some of the world’s first surgeries. Performed some of the world’s first surgeries. Doctors believed the heart controlled thought and the brain circulated blood.Doctors believed the heart controlled thought and the brain circulated blood. Some doctors specialized in medicines using herbs.Some doctors specialized in medicines using herbs.

17 Egyptian writing system developed about 3000 B.C. Egyptian writing system developed about 3000 B.C. Started with 700 characters and ended with more than 6,000! Started with 700 characters and ended with more than 6,000! Developed a paper called papyrus. Developed a paper called papyrus. –Was light and easy to carry –Used to create first books Hieroglyphs

18 Beliefs and Religion Life After Death Believed the gods favored them. Believed the gods favored them. Believed in a happy afterlife. Believed in a happy afterlife.

19 Many Gods Believed in polytheism. Believed in polytheism. Worshiped nature gods: Worshiped nature gods: –Re (Amon-Re): sun god –Osiris: god who judged Egyptians after death –Isis: fertility goddess; Osiris’s wife –Anubis: god of the dead

20 Making Mummies Thought they would need their body in the afterlife. Thought they would need their body in the afterlife. Took about 70 days. Took about 70 days. Very expensive. Very expensive.

21 How to embalm a dead person: How to embalm a dead person: –Remove all organs except their heart –Fill the body with a mixture of salt and herbs –When dried, wrap in hundreds of yards of linen strips. –Placed in a sarcophagus (coffin) in a tomb –Tomb held everyday objects, furniture, and food –Walls painted with pictures; believed pictures would become real. Mummy maker Mummy maker

22 The Pyramid Builders The Old Kingdom The First Dynasty The First Dynasty - Legend says a king, Narmer, united Upper and Lower Egypt. - Legend says a king, Narmer, united Upper and Lower Egypt. - Some historians believe that several kings joined the two lands. - Some historians believe that several kings joined the two lands. - The Ruler of Egypt wore the Double Crown. - The Ruler of Egypt wore the Double Crown. - First Dynasty: began around 2925 B.C. - First Dynasty: began around 2925 B.C.

23 Old Kingdom Continued… When a king died he was usually replaced by one of his children When a king died he was usually replaced by one of his children - Succession: members of royal family inherit the throne. - Succession: members of royal family inherit the throne. - Historians divided the dynasties into: Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and New Kingdom - Historians divided the dynasties into: Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and New Kingdom

24 Pharaohs Rule  The king of Egypt became known as a pharaoh, which means “great house”. - It was originally used to describe the king’s palace.  Egyptians believed pharaohs was a god, blamed him for hard times. - In this case, a rival might drive him from power.

25 Pharaoh’s Rule Continued…  Since pharaoh seen as God, religion and government was not separate - Priests had much power in government. Many high officials were priests.

26 Khufu’s Great Pyramid Early Pyramids First rulers were buried in underground tombs, topped with bricks Later replaced bricks with small pyramid - pyramid: structure shaped like a triangle, four sides meet at a point.

27 Khufu’s Great Pyramid Continued… King Djoser built larger pyramid over his tomb around 2630 B.C. King Djoser built larger pyramid over his tomb around 2630 B.C. - Step pyramid: sides rise in a series of giant steps - It is the oldest-known large stone structure in the world.

28 The Great Pyramid 80 years later, pharaoh Khufu wanted to show the world his greatness 80 years later, pharaoh Khufu wanted to show the world his greatness - He ordered to build the largest pyramid ever. - Each side was 760 feet long, 2.3 million blocks were used. Farmers worked during Nile’s flood season, others worked all year Farmers worked during Nile’s flood season, others worked all year The Great Pyramid took 20 years to build. The Great Pyramid took 20 years to build. - An estimated 20,000 Egyptians worked on it.

29 Grave Robbers Egyptians later stopped building pyramids, in part due to robbery Egyptians later stopped building pyramids, in part due to robbery - Grave robbers broke into tombs to steal treasure and mummies. Egyptians believed robbery kept the buried from having a happy afterlife. Egyptians believed robbery kept the buried from having a happy afterlife.

30 Grave Robbers Continued… In the New Kingdom, pharaohs began building secret tombs. In the New Kingdom, pharaohs began building secret tombs. - Burial chambers were hidden in mountains near the Nile. - Pharaohs hoped to protect their bodies and treasures from robbers.

31 Inside the Tombs Pyramids had several passageways leading to different rooms. Pyramids had several passageways leading to different rooms. - They wanted to confuse the robbers Tombs were palaces in the afterlife. Tombs were palaces in the afterlife.

32 Mourners filled the tomb with many objects. Mourners filled the tomb with many objects. - Some were food, furniture - Some tombs contained small statues that were servants for the dead pharaoh.

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34 Middle Kingdom Invasions By 2130 B.C., kings began to lose power to local province rulers. -F-F-F-For about 500 more years, the kings held Egypt together. -H-H-H-However, with a much weaker central government. Nomadic Hyksos invaded from northeast with chariots, better weapons. - After 100 years, the Egyptians drove out the Hyksos and began the New Kingdom.

35 The New Kingdom The New Kingdom included some of Egypt’s most powerful rulers. The New Kingdom included some of Egypt’s most powerful rulers. Set up new capital city of Thebes (450 miles south of Memphis) Set up new capital city of Thebes (450 miles south of Memphis) Strengthened and expanded Egypt’s Strengthened and expanded Egypt’s Empire Empire

36 A Woman Pharaoh Taking Power Queen Hatshepsut was the first woman pharaoh. Queen Hatshepsut was the first woman pharaoh. Ruled with her stepson, Thutmose III. Ruled with her stepson, Thutmose III B.C. ruled herself the only ruler and wore a fake beard B.C. ruled herself the only ruler and wore a fake beard. Trade Grows Made Egypt richer through trade. Made Egypt richer through trade. Largest expedition crossed Eastern Desert to the Red Sea. Largest expedition crossed Eastern Desert to the Red Sea.

37 Monuments Most famous monument was called the obelisk. Most famous monument was called the obelisk. Four-sided shaft with a pyramid-shaped top. Four-sided shaft with a pyramid-shaped top. Artisans carved her great deeds into the red granite blocks. Artisans carved her great deeds into the red granite blocks. Mysterious End Hatshepsut disappeared after 15 years of rule. Hatshepsut disappeared after 15 years of rule. Thutmose III became pharaoh after her death. Thutmose III became pharaoh after her death. He tried to destroy all records of her reign. He tried to destroy all records of her reign.

38 A Reforming Pharaoh A New Belief Akhenaton became pharaoh in 1353 B.C. Akhenaton became pharaoh in 1353 B.C. Lifted Aton (sun god) to the highest status. Lifted Aton (sun god) to the highest status. Closed temples of other gods. Closed temples of other gods. Those gods’ priests lost power. Those gods’ priests lost power. Promoted the worship of one god for the first time in history. Promoted the worship of one god for the first time in history. Realistic Art New way of thinking affected art. New way of thinking affected art. First time to show realistic pictures and carvings. i.e. it shows Akhenaton’s large stomach. First time to show realistic pictures and carvings. i.e. it shows Akhenaton’s large stomach.

39 Reform Ends Three years after Akhenaton's death Tutankhamen became pharaoh in 1333 B.C. Three years after Akhenaton's death Tutankhamen became pharaoh in 1333 B.C. Advisers convinced him to end Akhenaton's new religion and worship the old gods. Advisers convinced him to end Akhenaton's new religion and worship the old gods.

40 A Powerful Pharaoh In 1279 B.C. Ramses II began his 66-year reign. In 1279 B.C. Ramses II began his 66-year reign. Empire Builder Ramses wanted to expand rule through war. Ramses wanted to expand rule through war. Extended rule to Nubia and to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Extended rule to Nubia and to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Bordered the empire of the Hittites. Bordered the empire of the Hittites.

41 Military Leader Ramses led the Egyptians into battle against the Hittites. Ramses led the Egyptians into battle against the Hittites. Ramses claimed a victory. Ramses claimed a victory. Created the first known peace treaty in the world with the Hittites. Created the first known peace treaty in the world with the Hittites.

42 Made Egyptian government stable. Made Egyptian government stable. No enemy threatened Egypt. No enemy threatened Egypt. Nile flooding was more reliable during this time. Nile flooding was more reliable during this time. Crops were more plentiful than ever. Crops were more plentiful than ever. Ramses’ Reign Built himself the House of Ramses Built himself the House of Ramses –Four 66ft. statues of himself to guard his temple. –Wanted to appear god-like Reigned until 1213 B.C. when he was over the age of 90 Reigned until 1213 B.C. when he was over the age of 90

43 Egypt’s Decline Egypt’s central government weakened after Ramses II. Egypt’s central government weakened after Ramses II. After about 1070 B.C. foreign leaders ruled Egypt. After about 1070 B.C. foreign leaders ruled Egypt. –i.e. Alexander the Great (king of Macedonia) Macedonia rulers continued to hold power in Egypt after Alexander’s death. Macedonia rulers continued to hold power in Egypt after Alexander’s death. Cleopatra was the last Macedonian ruler before the Roman Empire took over. Cleopatra was the last Macedonian ruler before the Roman Empire took over.


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