Statue of Demedji and
Hennutsen, ca. 2465–26 B.C.E.;
early Dynasty 5; Old Kingdom
Limestone; H. 32 1/8 in. (83 cm),
W. 18 7/8 in. (48 cm), D. 20 1/8 in.
Rogers Fund, 1951 (51.37)
Ancient Egypt was a great civilization. It was located in the northwest corner of Africa, with the Nile River passing through the center. Ancient Egypt had two kingdoms, Upper Egypt and a Lower Egypt.
These kingdoms were ruled by a pharaoh.
The Egyptians believed that their gods chose their pharaohs. One of the
most famous pharaohs was King Tutankhamen.
The Ancient Egyptian national government was the first in the world. Officials called viziers helped the pharaoh to rule. A nomarch governed each province of Ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egypt was divided into three time periods: the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom.
The Egyptians worked hard. They
made their own writing and language. They also made paper out of
papyrus. The hardest thing for the Egyptians to make was the huge
pyramids. The pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs. The builders
had to move every two ton block into place without the use of machines.
If you would like to learn more about Ancient Egypt, you may visit the following websites:
Mark Millmoore's Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt: Religion and Mythology
Life in Ancient Egypt