Brief History Of Ancient Egypt
The country of Egypt is on the most northeastern part African continent, in the Sahara Desert. This particular part of the world has spawned a number of traditions and cultures, and millions of visitors travel there to visit one of the homes of modern Christianity.
Steeped in the history of the ancient pharaohs, this land has much to offer those seeking information, or simply seeking to be awed by the sheer grandeur of the land and the architecture. There are many fascinating things to be learned about ancient Egypt, from how the people cultivated the land and enjoyed the fruits of their labor to the stories of the ancient pharaohs and their prophecies.
Stories of ancient Egypt would be incomplete without mentioning the importance of the Nile River to the survival of the Egyptians. The Nile River supplied the people of Egypt with both fish for food and water for their crops, particularly wheat and barley.
These crops were not only used as food for the Egyptians, they were also traded or sold to outlying areas. Some crops were turned into the valuable commodity of cooking oil used in trade for things they wanted to purchase from others. Ancient Egyptians were dependent on their land to provide them with what they needed to live and also with trade goods.
The pharaoh was the overlord to all Egyptians in this era. Considered to be a creature that was part god and part man, the pharaoh was revered and admired by ancient Egyptians. Prime ministers, whose duties were to keep all Egyptians faithful and loyal to the pharaoh, were appointed to assist the pharaoh in ruling all of Egypt.
Throughout its history, Egypt saw 34 dynasties run their course. The Roman Empire is considered to be the last of the dynasties to rule over Egypt. Egypt provided ancient history with some of its most respected or feared men and women of power.
More specifically, leaders like Alexander the Great from the Greco-Roman Period to Cleopatra of the Ptolemaic Dynasty as well as Menes from the First Dynasty and Ramesses from the 20th Dynasty all were among a group of highly praised men who struck fear into the hearts of ancient Egyptians.
The well-organized government as well as the barren deserts that surrounded the country allowed Egypt to prosper for many thousands of years before eventually falling. Throughout ancient Egyptian times, there were very few, short wars that were fought involving ancient Egypt. Strong leadership and a dependence on the fertile waters of the Nile River were able to create a society which is still considered to be one of the greatest civilizations of our time.