1000 Facts - Ancient Egypt (1000 Facts on...)
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raised by the nationalization of the Suez Canal. Completed in 1970, it controls the Nile’s annual floods and provides about half of Egypt’s power supply. In 1958, Egypt founded the United Arab Republic with Yemen and Syria to resist Israeli influence in the Middle East. In 1967 they engaged in the Six Day War with Israel. Israel destroyed the Egyptian air force, captured Sinai and closed the Suez Canal. After the Six Day War, Egypt was forced to recognize the state of Israel. Egypt’s occupied
children, they could try to adopt orphans. Children were important because of belief in the afterlife. Family members needed to ensure their funeral rites would be carried out exactly. Children would also look after aged parents. Life for a child was precarious. Disease and accidents claimed the lives of one out of every two or three births. To compensate, families had on average four to six children, and some had as many as 15. The ancient Egyptians had tests for determining a woman’s
slaughterhouses, producing food to feed the temple staff. From the later Middle Kingdom onwards, massive ceremonial gateways called pylons were added to the temples to make them look more impressive. These pylons were often flanked by two needle-shaped monuments called obelisks. These were dedicated to the sun god. The Egyptians held many annual festivals to celebrate their gods and goddesses. People were allowed inside the temples to celebrate. The ancient Egyptians did not believe that
ghost of a long dead magician in his tomb at Saqqara. In the Tale of the Unlucky Prince, the Seven Hathors predict that a baby prince will die because he will be attacked by a crocodile, a snake or a dog. A beautiful princess saves him from the snake. Unfortunately, the end of the papyrus is missing, so we do not know how the story ends. Travel stories that featured magic were popular. The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor begins with a sailor stranded on a magic island after a storm. A giant
worries about high taxes, and how they missed their relatives back in Rome. The Romans built temples. Names of emperors such as Augustus (Octavian), and Tiberius are inscribed on the walls of temples at Dakka and Dendera. They also tried to repair Egyptian monuments, including the Colossi of Memnon at Thebes. Some historians believe that Christianity was established in Egypt by Mark the Evangelist around AD 33. By AD 200, Alexandria was one of the great Christian centres in the world. The