All About History Book Of Ancient Egypt

All About History Book Of Ancient Egypt

All About History Book of Ancient Egypt 2nd Edition

Step back in time and walk the banks of the River Nile to learn what made this society one of the most powerful ancient civilisations in history. Meet some of the most iconic pharaohs, tour the awe-inspiring landmarks raised in their honour, identify the religious tenets that dictated everyday life and even learn to read the hieroglyphs! Featuring: Famous pharaohs - Follow the lives of iconic, infamous and influential rulers of Ancient Egypt. The pyramids - Step inside the majestic monuments built as tombs for the pharaohs. Life & death - Understand beliefs and rituals that guided their approach to life and death. Legacy - Find out how the legacy of this ancient civilisation lives on in modern day.

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3 min.
day in the life of a high priest

Night Ritual ablutions Since the priests had to bathe twice a day and twice at night, a fourth bath maintained ritual purity, while the hour priest astronomers monitored the night sky from the temple roof ‘observatory’. Sunset Evening ceremony In a reverse of the morning ceremony, the high priest once more entered the shrine to put the god’s spirit to rest, burning spicy kyphi incense to create a restful environment. Evening Ritual ablutions To maintain ritual purity throughout the day, the priests had to bathe once again before re-entering the gods’ presence. Various times Various rituals With numerous rituals performed by the high priest and clergy at various times, these were not only set by the ‘Hour Priest’ astronomers but carefully measured with clepsydra water clock.s. Before dawn Ritual ablutions To be ritually pure, the priests bathed in the temple’s sacred lake, shaved o…

5 min.
the new kingdom

Lasting from the 16th to 11th century BCE, the New Kingdom saw Ancient Egypt transformed. Its kings and queens both looked ahead at the promising future of the realm and back in the hope of emulating the monarchs of the past. The empire was expanded by the sword of warrior kings, while the realm itself was rebuilt from the ground up by a new economic prosperity. This was Ancient Egypt at its peak, as reflected in the resultant boom in arts and culture. The New Kingdom was preceded by another fracture known as the Second Intermediate Period. Towards the start of the 16th century BCE, a small warrior tribe known as the Hyksos had begun settling in the fertile land of the Delta (a group of rivers and tributaries that led…

13 min.
alexander: liberator of egypt

Only one of Alexander the Great’s dreams has survived, and it tells how in 331 BCE a venerable old figure – possibly Homer himself – is said to have visited the sleeping conqueror and, with a recital of lines from The Odyssey, advised him on the site for his great Egyptian city, Alexandria. It is fitting that this sole recorded dream-memory should reference the epic poet, for Alexander strived to embody the Homeric ideal above a ll. Like Hector or Achilles, he would stand astride history as one of its most celebrated warriors, his deeds in life still echoing down to modern times. According to one of Alexander’s greatest modern biographers, Robin Lane Fox, the Macedonian king feasted upon the words of Homer, “not as a distant reader but more in…

1 min.
the many layers of a mummy

01 Objects for the afterlife Once the body had been wrapped in layers of linen, items like jewellery and daggers were placed on the mummy for use in the afterlife. A scarab amulet was hung from the neck to help guide the soul during the Weighing of the Heart ceremony. 02 Cartonnage case After mummification, a cartonnage case was created. This was formed around a straw and mud core, to which plaster and linen bandages soaked in resin or animal glue was applied, similar to papier mâché. Once it set, the case was split open, the stuffing removed and the body placed inside. 03 Decoration Another cartonnage case was added and then a layer of plaster or gesso – made from resin and chalk powder – was painted over the top. Natural dyes like indigo,…

21 min.
the mighty ramesses ii

RAMESSES II 1303_1213 BCE Ramesses II, known as Ramesses the Great, was one of the longest-reigning pharaohs in Egyptian history. Like other ‘greats’ of antiquity, he was worshipped by his people, feared by his enemies and adored by himself. This master of bronze-age propaganda erected countless stone memorials to cement his legendary status for the ages. Brief Bio The year was 1274 BCE and a god was on the march. Standing six-feet tall with a square jutting jaw, thick lips and a long sharp nose, Ramesses II rode his golden chariot ahead of an army of 20,000 archers, charioteers and sandalled infantrymen. Only five years into his reign as pharaoh, he had already established himself as a fierce warrior and strategic military commander, the rightful blood heir to the newly established 19th Dynasty…

1 min.
tools of the trade

Scalpels and blades While cutting tools were common in the practice of mummification, they were also an important part of a healer’s medicine bag. Blades such as these would have been used to bleed blisters, cut away abscesses and more. Prosthetics Since amputations were a common procedure performed by healers, prosthetics also played an important part in the rehabilitation process. Some were made of wood or wax, but many were made of leather and animal hide, such as this prosthetic toe. Pestle and mortar The mortar and pestle played a vital part in a healer’s everyday life – salves and pastes were often made from natural resources.…