Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt started around 3150 BC. It is a time known marked by pharaohs, pyramids, gods and goddesses, science, math,and art. This era ended when Egypt was conquered by the Roman empire in 31 BC.

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Ancient Egypt

What do the Egyptians use the winnowing scoop for?

For Farming stuff like corn and beans and sometimes potatoes.

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What is the name of the Egyptian mens hat?

DepEnds what type of hat you mean a crown? Or a general working hat :)

It could be a 'fez', a brimless felt hat which originated in Morocco and is often seen being worn by men in several countries in northern Africa.

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Mummies

Who played anaksunamun in the mummy?

Patricia Velasquez was born in Guajira, Venezuela on January 31, 1971.

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Marc Antony

How did Marc Antony come to power?

Marc Antony came into power by being appointed to his various offices by Julius Caesar. He was Caesar's co-counsul at the time of Caesar's assassination and as he was the only remaining counsul, had the task of straightening out the political situation. Afterwards he became a triumvir with all the power of a dictator.

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Pyramids

What looks like a pyramid?

A Triangle

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How did the ancient Egyptians make fires?

The fire drill was a very simple technology known almost everywhere in ancient times. It is closely related to the drill used in making furniture, jewellery and boats and it used the principle that a piece of hardwood, when pressed firmly and rotated against a piece of softwood, generates heat by friction.

The fire drill uses a flat piece of softwood with a small groove and hollow, into which the hardwood drill is placed vertically. The drill is rotated by means of a "bow" - a short stick with a cord which is wrapped twice around the drill. Downward pressure on the drill is also required.

The drill does not produce flame or sparks, but hot embers from the softwood, charred by friction - these can then be used to start a fire.

The first link below includes images of an ancient Egyptian fire drill (ignore the modern magnifying glass at the top of the page). The second link gives examples of many tools used in ancient Egypt, including the fire drill:

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What was the ruling system of the Egyptians?

The ruling system of Ancient Egypt is like a pyramid.

Pharaoh

Tjaty (Prime minister)

Ministers from the Nomes (Counties)

Judges and their officers, (like the police) and scribes

Mayors of towns and villages, with their officers and scribes

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King Tutankhamun

Who built traps in King Tutankhamun tomb?

His tomb builders.They would be following a plan.

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Who was the Pharaohs chief minister who was in charge of most of Egypt?

The Pharaohs didn't generally have a chief minister. Though in the eighteenth dynasty, Amenhotep IV (also known as Akhenaten) used the sun god to guide him. His belief in only the sun god caused his reign to change the egyptians into a monotheistic civilization. This didn't last long, as he died young and it converted back to polytheism soon after. Priests could also be considered chief ministers although Pharaoh wasn't forced to follow their pleas. The proof being the Rosetta Stone, in which they gave specific instructions on how to improve egypt.

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What did the lower class ancient egyptians eat?

Both the lower and upper classes of ancient egyptians depended on bread, onions, and beer, sometimes meat was also included in the meals of lower caste.

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What did the ancient Egyptians call a castle?

The ancient Egyptians did not build castles, but forts and fortresses. Many of these are situated near the Second Cataract, at the border with Nubia to the south of Egypt, and also to the north-west on the border with Palestine.

The word for "fort" was written xnrt or xtm in hieroglyphs, while a larger fortress was written mnnw, itH or sfxy. The word xtm is closely connected with the word for a secure chest or sealed container, indicating the enclosed and secure nature of the fort.

These forts were always built of mud-brick rather than stone, with deep ditches and two lines of walls (the inner wall higher than the outer) with projecting bastions at intervals. Complex gateways were usually closed with inner and outer doors. The garrisons usually included large numbers of archers, since the entire purpose was to cover all approaches with showers of arrows.

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What is a brick made of mud and straw called?

Adobe

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What did ancient Egyptian palaces look like?

Well I cant remember but I think it looks a little like pyramids

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What are the Egyptian drawings of humans called?

hydroglyphs

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Priests

What rights did have priests in ancient Egypt?

Priests in Ancient Egypt practiced rituals, officiated on feast days and took part in festivals. They didn't preach because they didn't need to. There was no doubt about what to believe because they Egyptians knew who their deities were, what they did and what offerings they preferred. Priests and Priestesses were like city and town officials or . . . bureaucrats. They held a position of respect and an air of mystery surrounded them and their lives. Their roles were ever-changing as time went on. The kings relied on their priestesses and priests.

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What did Nefertiti do for the Egyptians?

Neferitti was not a queen by royal birth but the wife of the wacky king Akhenaton(Amenhotep IV). After his death (1362 bc) Neferitti ruled between 1372-1350 bc as the queen of Egypt and restored the rival cult of Amun -the moon god.She brought equality between men and women in ownership of property and choice in any of the four professions as priestesses,midwives,dancers or mourners.
Almost nothing. Nefertiti was merely the wife of the heretic king, Anhkenaton. She may or may not have been the mother of the king Tut-Anhk-aton (later renamed Tut-Anhk-amon, and now known as King Tut) She left the court after Anhkenaten found a new wife. She may have been a quick ruler of Egypt, after Anhkenaten died, but before tut took the throne. It is doubtful, as there is no records of it, and woman rarely took the throne of Egypt. She dissapeared from any historical records, but she may have been buried in KV 35 in the Valley of the Kings.

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Cleopatra

How did Cleopatra rule her kingdom?

Cleopatra, like all absolute rulers of her time, ruled autocratically and harshly, by our present day standards. Although Egypt had a system of provinces called nomes, with their overseers, they were all responsible to Cleopatra.

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Hieroglyphics

Why were hieroglyphs used in tombs?

Hieroglyphs are writing, and were used to write out things about the achievements of the deceased. also they did not know how to read or write any other language

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Great Pyramid of Giza

Are pyramids symmetrical?

The term "pyramid" denotes a solid with a polygonal base and triangular sides (all converging at the same point. As such is does not have to have any axis of symmetry. There are pyramids that do have an axis of symmetry and ones with planes of symmetry.

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Egyptian Mythology

Short summary of isis and osiris?

Nut gave birth to Osiris, Set, Nephthys, Isis, and Horus. Osiris married Isis, as Set married Nephthys. When Osiris was bigger, he was seated on the throne and ruled Egypt as a good and great king.

Osiris left Egypt to teach the people of other lands, and Isis ruled in his place. Set tried to get the throne of Osiris, but he failed the first time. After that, he invited Osiris on a feast. He had already taken the measurements of his brother, and made a chest that fit Osiris exactly. Everyone at the feast admired the wooden chest and desired to own it. Set said that the person who fits perfectly in the chest would his own. The chest fit no one properly except Osiris. He locked him in and threw him in the Nile.

The wooden chest floated into the Great Green and came ashore at Byblos, in Syria. There it was flung by the waves into a tamarisk bush. The bush grew into a mighty tree that enclosed the chest. The king of Syria found it there. He cut the tree and made a pillar that enclosed the chest, that was supported by the roof of his palace.

Isis came searching for the wooden chest. She talked to the Queen's maid servants and braided their hair. The Queen was delighted by the beautiful braids which smelled like sweet perfume, and invited Isis into the palace. Isis took care of a baby price. She placed the child in a fire. The Queen ran to the child and pulled him out of the fire, thereby denying him immortality. Isis revealed who she was and asked the King for the wooden chest that was enclosed by the pillar. The pillar split open and Isis took the wooden that contained the body of Osiris.

Iris took his body back to Egypt and hid it in a secret place. Set found it by hunting in the moonlight. He cut it into 14 pieces, which he scattered throughout the land. Isis searched the land and buried each piece in the land and a temple was built by men at each place where a piece of Osiris was buried. And 13 different cities came to be the burial place of Osiris. Osiris entered the Duat (underworld) and ruled there as a good and just king.

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Why did the ancient egyptians worship horus?

Horus was the living Pharaoh, god of rulers, law, war, young men, light, the sun.

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Who ruled Egypt as a God King?

it was Ramses originally but it is the pharaohs.

All Pharaohs ruled Egypt as "God Kings", before and after Ramses, from the time that Narmer / Nemes united Upper and Lower Egypt.

According to the Polytheistic Religion practiced in Khmt (Black Land) the Pharaoh was regarded as a manifestation of Horus in life and Osiris in death. Horus is the God of war & hunting, son of Osiris (God of the after life) and Isis / Aset (Goddess of Magic, Maternity, Protection, Medicine....)

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What did the Ancient Egyptian god Horus wear?

The Pharaoh was Horus on earth, so Horus is often represented wearing the "double crown" -- the combined white crown of upper Egypt (it kind of looks like a big bowling pin lol) and the red crown of lower Egypt to symbolize his association with and authorization of the ruling family. He is usually in the form of a man with a falcon head, though sometimes he is represented as just a falcon wearing the double crown. While Re was the sun god, Horus represented the various stages of the sun (dawn, morning, afternoon, evening, and the hidden sun at night) which paralleled the stages of human life. In representing the stages of the sun as well as the life of "the son", because of course the pharaoh, like Horus, was the son of a god (Osiris was Horus's father, but the pharaoh was son of a father God/King and through him could be the son of whatever god he or his family wanted to associate themselves with) who had (as the Egyptians would say) "gone to the West" (ie died and been reborn), Horus is sometimes shown with such things as an eye or a solar disk to suggest which stage he is meant to portray. His actual name in Egyptian was simply "Hor". Horus is the Greek version of his name. While he is not a primordial god, he was one of the earliest gods worshipped in Egypt, for he was the son of the first god, Osiris, to die and be resurrected. His mythology centers around setting order over chaos through victory over the god Seth, who was responsible for murdering his father. While Horus's father ruled the underworld after his death, Horus was the god who remained in the earthly realm in his father's stead, ruling, as the pharaohs hoped they would too, with the blessing of those who had come before and as an example of maat (order and justice) to those who would follow.

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What happened if the pharaoh died and had no son?

A:Then someone within the family would become the heir.

Some examples include: Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, etc.

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What types of land are there in Egypt?

The Black Land and the Red Land.

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