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Ch.4 Ancient Egypt and Kush Vocabulary
Rapids along a river, such as those along the Nile in EgyptCataracts Rapids along a river, such as those along the Nile in Egypt
a triangle-shaped area of land make from soil deposited by a riverDelta a triangle-shaped area of land make from soil deposited by a river
Menes Legendary Egyptian ruler, he unified the kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt and built the new capital city of Memphis
the title used by the rulers of EgyptPharaoh the title used by the rulers of Egypt
a series of rulers from the same familyDynasty a series of rulers from the same family
Old Kingdom the period from about 2700 to 2200 BC in Egyptian history that began shortly after Egypt was unified
Khufu Egyptian pharaoh, he ruled during Egypt’s Old Kingdome and is known for the many monuments built to honor him.
a rich and powerful personNobles a rich and powerful person
Afterlife life after death
a specially treated body wrapped in cloth for preservationMummy a specially treated body wrapped in cloth for preservation
people of wealth and powerElite people of wealth and power
a huge triangular tomb built by the Egyptians and other peoplesPyramids a huge triangular tomb built by the Egyptians and other peoples
the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposesEngineering the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes
Middle Kingdom the period of Egyptian history from about 2050 to 1750 BC and marked by order and stability
New Kingdom the period from about 1550 to 1050 BC in Egyptian history when Egypt reached the height of its power and glory
Rapids along a river, such as those along the Nile in EgyptTrade Routes Rapids along a river, such as those along the Nile in Egypt
Queen Hatshepsut Egyptian queen, she worked to increase trade with places outside of Egypt and ordered many impressive monuments and temples built during her reign
Ramses the Great Egyptian pharaoh, he expanded the kingdom and built lasting temples at Karnak, Luxor, and Abu Simbel
the ancient Egyptian writing system that used picture symbolsHieroglyphics the ancient Egyptian writing system that used picture symbols
Papyrus a long-lasting, paper-like material made from reeds that the ancient Egyptians used to write on
Rosetta Stone A huge stone slab inscribed with hieroglyphics, Greek, and a later form of Egyptian that allowed historians to understand Egyptian writing
Sphinx An imaginary creature with a human head and the body of a lion that was often shown on Egyptian statues
a tall, pointed, four-sided pillar in ancient EgyptObelisk a tall, pointed, four-sided pillar in ancient Egypt
King Tutankhamen Egyptian pharaoh, he died while still a young king. The discover of his tomb in 1922 has taught archaeologists much about Egyptian culture
Piankhi Ruler of Kush, he was one of Kush’s most successful military leaders. His army captured all of Egypt.
a system of people in different lands who trade goods back and forthTrade Network a system of people in different lands who trade goods back and forth
Merchants a trader
items sent to other regions for tradeExports items sent to other regions for trade
goods brought in from other regionsImports goods brought in from other regions
Queen Shanakhdakheto Ruler of Kush, historians think she was the first woman to rule Kush. Her tomb is one of the largest pyramids in Meroe
King Ezana Aksumite ruler, he destroyed Meroe and took over the kingdom of Kush around AD 350
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