Ancient Egypt was my favorite topic in social studies. As far back as I could remember. I have always been interested, especially since Egypt is a neighboring country to Libya, my second home. The world is still fascinated, and intrigued by its mysteries. Who build the pyramids? How were they built by? One of the most asked questions were. Who was King Tut? Was there really a curse? King Tutankhamen took reign at the very young age of nine, after his father Akhenaten’s death in 1322 B.C. Although his short reign of around ten years accomplished very little. The discovery of his tomb in 1922 has led to many discoveries. He was once almost unknown and now is one of the most well-known. He was well known for his curse on who ever disturbs his tomb. I believe the curse is fake. The curse was actually used to sell more newspapers and protect the tomb from robbers.
Tutankhamun is one of the most famous and instantly recognisable Pharaohs of the modern world even though he lived and reigned over 3,000 years ago. The boy King was born in the 11th year of his father’s reign in 1345 BCE and died in 1327 BCE at the age of just 17 or 18 after only being in power for 8 years. Until archaeologist Howard Carter discovered his almost fully-intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 CE, the pharaoh was almost unheard of due to the common belief that he was a minor ruler, whose reign was of little consequence. However after this discovery and subsequent discoveries due to excavations, analysis of his mummy and other historical evidence, opinions changed, so much so that today Tutankhamun is recognized as an important
The history of ancient Egypt is divided into three blocks of time referred to as kingdoms. The kingdoms were named as the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom. This essay highlights the differences among the three kingdoms in terms of politics, economics, sculpture, and architecture.
Pharaohs were governors of the Ancient Egyptian realm who broadcasted themselves as sons of gods who upheld Ma’at – the Egyptian order of life. Most pharaohs ruled in a typical and expected way carrying the beliefs of their ancestors- though not all ruled this way. Akhenaten of the 18th Dynasty New Kingdom was not an “archetypal” pharaoh as seen through his goal to change Egyptian religion from polytheism to monotheism and through his building project in Amarna. Though he used traditional means to incorporate his changes he did so in an atypical way. After all his attempts at reform all was forgotten when he died and Egypt returned to the religious beliefs it had beforehand. This essay will analyse historical evidence that demonstrates
The pharaoh was undoubtedly the most important terrestrial figure in ancient Egypt and played a significant role in the functioning of Egyptian society. Entrusted with governing the realm of Egypt and providing a link between the Egyptian people and the gods, pharaohs were “an essential element in the maintenance of the position of society in the order of creation”. This idea has been substantiated through the various artefacts located in tombs in the Valley of the Kings, particularly that of Tutankhamun. These finds have shed light on the role and lifestyle of the pharaoh in ancient Egypt. Through the discovery and analysis of these items, historians and archaeologists alike have been able to glean considerable amounts of information in
In the late 19th century, the Seated Statue of Ramesses II was uncovered in the Temple of Harsaphes, Heracleopolis, by Sir William Flinders Petrie (Horne 1985, 22). Currently, it rests in the Mummies Gallery in the Egyptian section of the Penn Museum. The king sits heroically with his hands resting on his lap and wears the nemes headdress on his head. Made of quartzite sandstone, the statue sits at an impressive height of 226 cm, with a width of 74 cm and length of 149 cm. On his arms, there are faint traces of red and the nemes headdress has touches of blue and yellow. When it was originally crafted, the statue’s colors would have been more prominent than they currently are; there also would have been a false beard inset that has been lost to history.
Amenhotep III reigned in ancient Egypt from roughly 1391 to 1353 B.C.E. and is most recognized for his construction of The Luxor Temple and hundreds of shrines he had built. (O’Connor, 2001) Throughout the course of this class we have been asked conceptualize different artifacts and determine what this artifact says about the royal figure that contracted it. Amenhotep’s Luxor Temple and the 250 statues that he commissioned show us that his reign was focused on impressing the rich and powerful people who surrounded him. This is based on who was intended to see the Luxor temple and what impression the temple would have left on its audience. Historians cite Akhenaten and Tutankhamun as the source of radical change in Egyptian history (Berman, 2001), when in reality Amenhotep III started the legacy of art appreciation that continued on to his successors.
The painted chest with battle scenes from the Tomb of Tutankhamen illustrates the transformation of frenetic battle where Tutankhamen is victorious over Asian enemies. There is no groundline in this Egyptian painting which can symbolize the enemy’s chaos and disarray that embodied the New Kingdom of Egypt during 1333-1323 BCE. The artist contrasts the chest on two sides where Tutankhamen is in his war chariot battling against the Asiatics on one side and battling against the Nubians on the other. During the XVIII Dynasty, a multitude of artists were inspired to illustrate military relief for the pharaohs as depicted on the tomb, while having the African enemy portrayed as a muddled crowd. The hieroglyphs, cartouches, iconography, animals, and hierarchy of scale in this composition serve to heighten Tut’s military prowess and might send the message that he is no ‘boy’ king, but ‘man’ king!
Ancient Egypt is one of the most well-known ancient civilisations and has an extremely deep history. Tutankhamun’s Death Mask is one of the most famous artefacts from ancient Egypt. This artefact was discovered by Howard Carter in early November of 1922, although it was not dug up until the 26th of November 1922. To a vital extent, the discovery of Tutankhamun’s Death Mask has improved modern understanding of ancient Egypt. The context, purpose and significance of Tutankhamun’s death Mask are strong points to understanding ancient Egypt.
What were the historical impacts that the artifacts and the mummy of King Tutankhamen had on archeology and society? This research is conducted over the impacts of the treasures in King Tutankhamun’s tomb, archeological findings on the walls that alter historical context and assumptions, a deeper understanding on the reign of Tut himself and his great excursions, and the autopsy of the mummified King. There will also be an overview of the effects this discovery had on culture and society soon after its discovery, and a brief discussion over the tomb. A primary source being evaluated for research is the book Egyptomania by Bob Brier which explained what sort of cultural impacts the discovery had on the tomb, the society craze towards it, and the industrial response set by corporations. A secondary source is the novel Tutankhamen: The Search For An Egyptian King by Joyce Tyldesley which analyzes all aspects on the discovery of King Tut including his life, his death, and his autopsy.
Since the beginning of time, Man has always being marching forward fearlessly in pursue of a better tomorrow. As important as progressing is to mankind 's evolution, learning about our past is just as crucial, for it allows a better understanding of our roots. Through archeology, we are able to study our past through recovery and analysis of material finds. Among the numerous ancient civilizations which founded the base of the modern culture, the Ancient Egyptians have always been a fascination to archeologists of all times, as we marvel at their extensive culture and their imposing buildings. One of the central point in Ancient Egyptian culture is the concern with life after death. The influence of this preoccupation is prominently
Over the time when humans traveled through the area we now call Egypt, villages, and cities have arisen over time. As time passed, Egyptians have changed throughout the past decades by the way their lives have changed. As their life’s changed their country became more powerful. Egyptian mythology informs the way Egyptians fulfilled their life by the way they worshipped different gods, traditions and rituals they believed in, their beliefs about the world, and the way they lived their lives.
In this week’s reading I especially favored “How to Portray a God-King”, because growing up my mother had devoted our entire living room to the Egyptian culture and it was filled with so many amazing miniature sculptures and paintings. I always let my imagination take over when observing these said works of art, however, learning that these figures were meant to be portrayed as immortal and timeless made it that much more interesting to learn about. For example, in the “Tomb of Ti”, one wall painting depicts him as a giant and towering over the others who are hunting. This is especially symbolic for the great impact Ti had during that time, his size to show his rank, passive stance, to show leadership rather than the act of the actual hunt,
Hello my loyal subjects, I'm Tutankhamun I was born in Ancient Egypt. I’m a royal pharaoh I’ve ruled Ancient Egypt for over 10 years. my original name was Tutankhamen which meant ‘living image of Aten’ but I changed it against my father’s rules. My name Tutankhamun means ‘living image of Amun’. I've had only one wife and that was Ankhesenamun, she is my half-sister and cousin. My Mother the Younger Lady and Father Akhenaten were mother and father of Ankhesenamun my wife, and my brother Smenkhkare. During this time, I will be discussing, how they Nile was formed and why does if flood every year, what type of social classes we have and why do we have them, why we mummify people and why should we remember Ancient Egypt when I die. Now we should carry on with the tour.