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All About History No. 76

All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.

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We have two tales of exploration to bring you this issue, both with their fair share of bravery and tragedy, but one far more successful than the other. We start of course with the great Viking explorers, lead by Erik the Red, but by no means stopping with him. We journey from the native Norse lands to England, Iceland, Greenland and finally what would come to be known as North America; journeys that inspired great sagas afterwards. What drove these hearty travellers to venture forth and leave the comforts of home for the unkind winds and foul tides of the sea? What rewards awaited them? It was fascinating to take a closer look and you can learn even more by downloading a free Viking Sagas ebook this issue. Go to page…

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defining moments

THE HOMESTEAD RACE At noon on 22 April 1889 around 50,000 people lined up ready to race to the Unassigned Lands in Oklahoma and start new lives. This was thanks to the lands being ceded to the US government following the Civil War and the Homestead Act allowing rights of ownership over claimed land so long as US citizens could prove they had improved that land. The Oklahoma Land Rush established new cities by the end of the day. 1889 STUDENTS IN THE SQUARE The most famous image of the Tiananmen Square protests is of course a single protestor standing in front of a tank, but the event was so much more than that. It started in the Square with students mourning the death of party reformer Hu Yaobang and then protesting to…

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the pharaohs of egypt

3100 BCE NARMER 3100 BCE Believed to be the first king to unite both upper and lower Egypt, Narmer’s claim to be the first pharaoh also seems pretty strong. 2650 BCE DJOSER 2650 BCE Founder of the third dynasty of the old kingdom, he also oversaw the building of what is believed to be the first pyramid in Egypt, the step pyramid at Saqqara. KHUFU 2575 BCE Most famous for building the Great Pyramid at Giza, Khufu’s wider achievements are unknown. He is recorded by the Greeks as cruel, but as benevolent in other records. DJEDKARE ISESI 2414 BCE Known as a massive reformer, Djedkare moved to empower provincial leaders, decentralising the nation as well as honouring Osiris over Ra. PEPI II 2325 BCE Ascending to the throne aged six, Pepi II’s reign is best known for the decline in royal…

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luxor temple

Outside the walls With the mighty Nile on one side and the Avenue of Sphinxes leading up to the entrance, the other two sides of the temple were surrounded by houses made of mud brick, workshops and shops. Thebes, situated in modern-day Luxor about 500 kilometres south of Cairo, was a bustling city and served as the capital of the kingdom during the Middle and New periods. Court of Ramesses II Built by the pharaoh it was named after, the Court of Ramesses II was surrounded by a double row of columns, making 74 in total, with the room itself sitting at 57 by 51 metres. A number of statues stand between the columns, as well as a shrine to Thutmose III. A grand entrance First impressions are everything, and Ramesses II really took this…

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an ancient egyptian doctor

GOING PLACES Ancient Egyptian doctors were known for their medical prowess across the known world. The pharaohs had their own court physicians, and some even sent their doctors abroad – for example, Ramesses II sent one to Hittite court. We also know from the papyri that doctors conducted house visits. SOLID TRAINING We know of the existence of medical schools in Alexandria and other locations across ancient Egypt, and every doctor went through training at one of these centres. These schools were some of the best in the ancient world, and graduates left being able to perform successful surgeries, amputations and the ability to fix broken bones. TOOLUP There was no shortage of tools in Egyptian medicine, and most doctors had some knowledge of basic surgery. Implements included scalpels made of flint and metal, bone…

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notable egyptologists

MARY BRODRICK BRITISH 1858-1933 Brodrick’s interest in Egyptology began following her first holiday to Egypt during the 1880s. Settling in Paris, she studied at the Sorbonne despite the opposition she faced as a woman, and took part in excavations in Egypt, becoming one of the first British women to do so. In 1890, she enrolled at University College London and started working for the British Museum, as well as the Egypt Exploration Society, while also translating various key works of Egyptology into English. PIERRE MONTET FRENCH 1885-1966 After over a decade of excavations at the city of Tanis, Montet discovered three royal tombs belonging to the pharaohs, Psusennes I, Amenemope and Shoshenq II between 1939 and 1940. Amazingly, all three tombs were completely intact and full of treasures, including the incredible gold funerary masks worn…