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Ancient Egypt

World History
Ancient Egypt

Ancient Civilizations - Ancient Egypt focuses on the following unit of study. Other units may supplement those listed here. The architecture, art, literature, music, philosophy, science, religion and political history of these eras will be included whenever possible.

Unit of Study:
Ancient Egypt

Sphinx of Khafre at Giza
Great Sphinx of Khafre at Giza

The Sphinx is an imaginary creature found in folk tales of many ancient peoples. Egyptian sphinxes combined the body of a beast, usually a lion, with the head of the ruling pharaoh. The most famous sphinx guards the great pyramid of Khafre at Giza. The sphinx's nose is missing because it was used by soldiers for target practice.

Gods: Horus, Anubis, Isis, Osiris
Egyptian gods: Horus, Anubis, Isis, and Osiris

The ancient Egyptians believed in many gods. Some gods were represented with the heads of animals tht were considered sacred by the Egyptians. Osiris, the god of the afterlife, was married to Isis, the goddess of female fertility. Horus was their son. Anubis escorted the dead to the afterworld. Re (not pictured) was the Sun god.

Egyptian God, Anubis, weighs souls
Ancient Egyptian painting: Anubis, a god, weighs souls

In Tutankhamun's tomb
Osiris (left) welcomes Tutankhamun to the underword
while Tut's spirit (right) looks on.
From a wall of Tutankhamun's burial tomb.

Tutankhamun's burial casket detail
Detail from Tutankhamun's burial casket: Attack of Syrians

The ancient Egyptians used picture-signs instead of letters. Later, these signs became hieroglyphics - marks that stood for people, things, and ideas. Egyptian hieroglyphics were sometimes written from right to left; sometimes from left to right. When the Egytian empire died out, the secret of reading the hieroglphs was lost. In 1799, the Rosetta Stone containing two known languages and also hieroglyphics, was discovered. By comparing the languages with the hieroglyphs, experts were able to translate the signs.

Egyptian Hieroglyphics
Example of Egyptian Hieroglyphics

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Class Exercise

Temple & Funerary Architecture of Ancient Egypt:
Giza, Luxor, and Abu Simbel

Historical Periods of
World History Class Study

| Prehistory | Mesopotamia & Phoenicians |
| Ancient Egypt | Greece | Rome |
| Medieval History | Renaissance and Reformation |
| Exploration | National Monarchies |
| The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment |
| Colonial America and American Revolution |
| The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era

Cool Clicks & Related Links:
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Ancient Egypt: The Mythology
Ancient Egypt
Tome of Egyptian Mythology
Mark Millmore's Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt Resources
The Wonders of Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Exhibit
King Tut's Tomb
Guardian's King Tut
Tut Page

The list of links will grow with student participation!
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Mr. Sedivy's History Classes
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