Differences Between Ancient Egypt And Egypt

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Nearly 5000 years ago, there were two kingdoms surrounding the Nile, the North around the mouth of the river and the South stretched along the river for hundreds of miles. The Egypt we’re familiar with begins with King Menes, the first Pharaoh. Under his command, the South conquered the Northern lands unifying the two nations into what we now consider Ancient Egypt. Even though the two kingdoms were very different, they did have one enormous element in common, the Nile River. Each spring the southern snow would melt and cause flooding; the waters overflowed and replenished the soil, promising a large harvest that autumn. The entire kingdom vitally depended on this natural rhythm.
When western historians created the study of Egyptology they quickly learned the field would need to be simplified. With the help of intellectual locals and decades of work, a previously monumental mass of records was divided into an accepted group of 33 dynasties over 3 periods. However, the Egyptians had never seen their Kingdom through the lens of these divisions; instead, they saw one strong, unified land ruled by their godlike Pharaoh providing eternal safety for his people.
Harmony is a concept Egypt loved to obsess over, the perpetual flow that life and even death allowed them to experience. Practically all surviving “remnants” from the Old Kingdom are the luxurious tombs and burial sites of the royals often giving us the wrong impression that the…
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