Egyptian Leadership Essay

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A leader is defined as a person who rules, guides, or inspires others. A leader is a very important part of state formation in any society, but particularly in Egypt. Without a leader, a state does not grow and flourish as quickly or efficiently as states with leaders. Early Egyptian leaders allowed Egypt to become a notable state through their communication, ideas, innovation, and will. Showing how Egyptians rulers made a presence in the predynastic period, how they developed to be leaders, and how they impacted a state are important when considering Egyptian state formation.
In early Egypt around 4000 B.C. rulers were not evident within the area. In this area there were small hamlets about 1 kilometer apart. Within these hamlets there
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The rulers were now considered as holders of order, justice, and piety, and vanquishers of chaos. They wore lavish clothing and a crown to symbolize there kingship. Before unification rulers would rule only Upper Egypt or Lower Egypt. After the conquering of other Egyptian chiefdoms the rulers became powerful in war and were seen as a living god on earth. During this time period rulers were buried in brick lined tombs with many rooms. These rooms contained lavish goods and an ample food supply for the ruler in the other world. By 3100 B.C., Upper and Lower Egypt became unified. This was evident through a slab of slate known as the Narmer palette. This palette shows Kings Narmer’s victory over the delta. On one side of the palette he is wearing a crown that is a combination of Upper and Lower Egypt. This signified the unification of the two. The unification of Egypt allowed the Egyptian state to stronger and promoted growth within the state. Narmer was thought to be the first pharaoh of unified Egypt. The word pharaoh came into place during the New Kingdom, mean “great house”. For 400 years the pharaoh had the task of consolidating towns along the river, to form a centralized state. By this time pharaohs were hardly seen as they resided in their huge palaces protected by guards. Even their movement as closely monitored. The pharaoh would make rare public appearances at important festivals or occasions of
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