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Some books for you Cyril Aldred. The Egyptians Sir Alan Gardiner. Egypt of the Pharoahs B.G. Trigger. Ancient Egypt: A Social History Mariam Lichteim, ed. Ancient Egyptian Literature Ange-Pierre Leca. The Egyptian Way of Death: Mummies and the Cult of the Immortal. I.E.S. Edwards. The Pyramids of Egypt. Manfred Lurker. The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Egypt Byron E. Shafer, ed. Religion in Ancient Egypt The Cambridge Ancient History\
More Great Books Cyril Aldred. Akhenaten. King of Egypt. Donald B. Redford. Akhenaton. The Heretic King Miroslav Verner. The Pyramids. Their Archaeolgy and History John A. Wilson. The Culture of Ancient Egypt James E. Harris and Kent R. Weeks. X-raying the Pharoahs Barbara Mertz. Red Land, Black Land Barbara Mertz. …other books Barry Kemp. Ancient Egypt. Anatomy of a Civilization Donald B. Redford. Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times
Ancient Egypt app. 10,000 sq. miles the same as Sumer and Akkad radically different in shape a ribbon of fertile land 600 miles long ◦ half a dozen miles wide for most of its length compared to 165 miles in Mesopotamia
Palermo Stone Listing the early dynasties, including the so-called “0” Dynasty….
Culture and Civilization Egyptian culture distinctive and peculiar already set prior to unification continued to evolve through the Old Kingdom period by the Pyramid Age (3-4th dynasties, ca. 2700 B.C.) it was set and would not change for 2,000 years
Origins of Egyptian Civilization sui generis ?? diffusion from Mesopotamia ?? and how do you tell, anyway ?? ◦ writing ?? ◦ cylinder seals ??
Formative Period ended by 2700 B.C. theocratic highly centralized government Primary Phase, which will last about 1,000 years
Approximate dates Archaic Period (3100-2660 The Old Kingdom (2660-2200 B.C.) First Intermediate Period (2200-2000 B.C.) The Middle Kingdom (2000-1800 B.C.) Second Intermediate Period (1800- 1500 B.C.) The New Kingdom (1500- 1100 B.C.?)
Comparison and Contrast with Babylon profound differences because of environmental conditons Mesopotamia: open to invasion Egypt: isolated by geography invasion as culturally stimulating ????
C. and C., con’t effects on Egypt: positive and negative E. culture: perfectly adapted to the environment lines of development: logical and obvious evolutionary manimums: reached early in the culture Egyptian culture: static, outwardly opposed to innovation
AgricultureAgriculture depended on irrigation nationally controlled annual flooding of the Nile (Gift of the Nile)
TransportationTransportation Mesopotamia: wheeled vehicles and boats Egypt: boats (The Nile as Highway) sailboats still a major means of transportation Old and Middle Kingdom: wheeled vehicles rare
ArchitectureArchitecture lacks timber used mud-brick main building: STONE
SculptureSculpture early and sophisticated development human figures and archicectural forms led to great expertise in painting and other representational arts
Other Features wheat, instead of barley cattle and poultry flax slavery virtually unknown high degree of social mobility
Dynastic Chronology Egyptians divided their history into dynasties not always chronologically successive Manetho, gave the chronology to the Greeks the system is confusing, but maintained by Egyptologists
Theocratic Government all Egyptian government was theocratic in form all power was concentrated in the Pharaoah the pharaoh was the head of a planned and organized economy modern comparisons ???
The Nature of Kingship and Religion modern perceptions ancient ideas even “politics” had a religious base
UnificationUnification the most important event in Egyptian history what role did Menes play in religion and politics ? how was unification maintained ?
Egyptian Kingship Mesopotamian kings (and Hebrew) Semitic in their concepts acted as mediators between gods and the people
Kingship, con’t Pharaoh: link between the gods and people Pharaoh: divine ◦ his rule eternal and absolute Egypt was not just ruled for the gods but by a god
Distinctions ? human vs. divine ?? They could tell the difference in practice: whoever held the throne was divine including: women, foreigners, commoners
The Pharaoh shed his impermanent and human status assumed the eternal and unchangeable divine status became the embodiment of the divine led a divinely unified Egyptian state
Theory of the New State ma’at basis of justice and authority ◦ meaning: “truth, justice, order, righteousness, balance” a cosmic or divine force for harmony and stability, ◦ dating from the beginning of time
The Gods Mesopotamian gods: mostly anthropomorphic Egyptian gods: vary wildly animals, human, celestial bodies, etc.
CosmologyCosmology Gods created Order out of Chaos various stories not mutually exclusive like the monotheistic religions
Early Creation Story Atum primeval mound of mud (Annual inundation of the Nile?) godly masturbation (How do you get a date when there is nobody there but you?) generation of the gods
Different Perspectives Mesopotamians: pessimistic ◦ life is unpredictable, their gods unstable, their afterlife indistinct and undesirable Egyptian religion inspired confidence ◦ in the eternal, stable order of the universe
Different Perspectives, con’t divinely guided, rhythmic cycle of life and death and belief in a final, eternal bliss
Egyptian religion extremely tolerant of difference extremely tolerant of many gods ◦ as opposed to, say.. Hebrew religion the principal deity (national/Pharoah’s deity) allowed other gods to flourish the number is considerable
Egyptian religion: “oddities” overlap of functions syncretism expansion and contraction of cults amalgamation of cults worship of the Pharaoh was “nationwide”
Religion as a Unifying Force Mesopotamia: master-slave relationship Egypt: gods conceived of as shepherd ◦ who cherish and care for the people
Religion, con’t probably the origins of the idea of Jehovah-as-shepherd ◦ especially in the Psalms ◦ which are pre-dated by Egyptian psalms ◦ Akhenaton’s Hymn to the Sun
Permanence of the Cycle of Life everything was a cycle eternal, unchanging life and death continuous and rhythmic human life existed in a never- ending interchange of natural and universal elements
The Gods immanent in nature existed in a sphere of divine activity consubstanital: they are existent in everything
The Temples controlled by temple corporations producing those things necessary for the god maintaining ma’at maintaining the very existence of the universe !!!! ◦ if they get slack, we’re screwed...in a major way
The Idea of the Cosmos religious ideas: rooted in a static and changeless universe influenced every aspect of Egyptian life influenced every aspect of Egyptian development gave very strong resilience to Egyptian culture ◦ survived virtually unchanged for 3,000 years
The Pharonic State: Ancient Economy the “pyramid” model ◦ pharaoh as “capstone” ◦ pharaoh as “commander-in- chief” ◦ pharaoh as “royal administrator” ◦ pharaoh as “owner of Egypt”
The Pharonic State: Corvee the annual inundation conscription for “public works” dependence on irrigation cooperate work essential
Achievements of the Old Kingdom efficient, centralized authority astronomy, arithmetic, geometry medicine
The Most Important Solar calendar pyramids belief in immortality
Solar Calendar Egyptian solar calendar: 3rd millennium B.C. Connected with the rising of Sothis ◦ the Dog Star (Sirius) ◦ companion of Orion
Solar Calendar, con’t length of the solar year and the rising of Sothis are virtually identical only a few minutes difference we get our solar calendar from the Egyptians by way of the Romans
PyramidsPyramids Imhotep: architect and developer of the calendar? ◦ Imhotep: physician, architect, doctor, miracle worker, giver of wisdom ◦ designed the Step Pyramid of Zoser ◦ processor of the Pyramids of Giza
Decline of the Old Kingdom Old Kingdom: the most stable period the Pharaoh dominated life ◦ forestalled the emergence of provincial power ◦ but gradually lost power to royal officials gradual drying of the environment ◦ failure of the Nile to flood on time
Decline of the Old Kingdom Pepi II: ruled 94 years at his death: rapid decline followed by Nitocris collapse of central power
First Intermediate Period 2180-2050 B.C. ◦ localism, anarchy, short reigns, palace coups, assassinations “seventy kings in seventy days” reversal of established order dissolution of law and order disruption of trade and agricultual production
The Middle Kingdom 2050-1800 B.C. united under the Eleventh Dynasty from Thebes, not Memphis ◦ followers of the god Amon ◦ elevated to the rank of primary god ◦ modern examples??
The Middle Kingdom solidification of Egyptian borders military garrisons on the borders new office: the vizier separate administrations of Upper and Lower Egypt suppression of the nobility; rise of the “middle class”
The Middle Kingdom decline with the Twelveth Dynasty Pharaoh Sobekeneferu beginning of the Second Intermediate
Second Intermediate Period 1800-1570 B.C. Thirteenth and Fourtheenth Dynasties ◦ contemporaries invasion by the Hyksos Semitic peoples from Palestine Hyksos dynasty by 1650 B.C. (Fifteenth Dynasty)
The New Kingdom rise of the Seventeenth Dynasty ◦ Thebes beginning of the imperial period reconquest of Egypt ◦ “We had to destroy this village to save it.”
The New Kingdom 1570-1150 B.C. reaction to control by a foreign people policy of planned aggression create a “buffer zone” (cordon sanitare) in Palestine ◦ any modern examples ???