Ancient Egypt : A Important Part Of The National Egyptian Identity

1267 Words Nov 14th, 2014 6 Pages
Ancient Egypt was one of the earliest civilizations, and had a stable structure that influenced the cultures of other countries such as Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Egyptian culture is one of the world 's most oldest cultures, one that descended from an ancient civilization that emerged in the 10th millennium BCE. Egypt has a long history, longer than any modern country. Ancient Egypt was home to some of the earliest developments of agriculture, writing, organized religion and central government. Their cultural heritage is a very important part of the national Egyptian identity. This essay will identify and discuss several aspects of Egyptian culture, ranging from language, religion, government, attire, and other cultural norms for the country. Arabic has been the spoken and written language of Egypt for almost 13 centuries. The language of Coptic descended from Ancient Egypt, and this was originally the language of religious and everyday life for the majority of the population. However it has been replaced by Arabic, and now only exists to be a liturgical language for the Coptic Orthodox church. Coptic was the last stage of the written Egyptian language, and is more commonly referred to as Hieroglyphs. The Ancient Egyptians developed this method of writing by giving each word a symbol, or illustration. Some symbols they associated with sounds or value, and therefore when combined would form a spoken word. Hieroglyphs were well drawn and colorfully painted, and…
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