Since I was a small child my grandparents have told me stories of how they went to Egypt to dig and do archaeological work in the Valley of the Kings in search of lost pharaohs. In their stories they spoke of a land with vast deserts, massive stone pyramids, and beautiful cities. Their stories have inspired me to travel to Egypt to experience it for myself. On my journey I would like to go to see the beautiful Sphinx, the enormous Pyramids of Giza, and the vast Valley of the Kings.
To begin with, I would want to see the gigantic Pyramids of Giza. These pyramids have always fascinated me not only because they are one of the seven wonders of the world but because of their size and purpose. These pyramids were used to ceremonially bury highly respected people such as pharaohs and priests. Some of ancient Egypt’s greatest pharaohs are buried there. These massive structures were built by cutting large rectangular stone blocks from a mountain side and then loading them on rafts to float down the Nile River. Once they reached their destination they were unloaded and dragged into position or placed on top of each other to make a pyramid shape. Here we are thousands of years after the Egyptian Empire has fallen and these enormous structures have just barely changed and still look just as beautiful as ever. The sheer beauty and magnitude of the pyramids attract millions of people each year to flock to this site to stand in awe before these great landmarks. This will be one of the best
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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.
The theme I have chosen is the Quest for immortality/ creation of legacy. Ancient Egyptians believed that there was a life after death; they focused much of their life preparing for the afterlife. The afterlife did not come easy to them, as they felt like they needed to live the best life possible otherwise they would not be accepted into the afterlife.
The exhibit consisted of 40 vitreograph prints from Littleton studios, of the 40, I would definitely have to say that "Giza" was the most interesting. The print was a promised gift of Carol Littleton Shay to the University. Harvey Littleton was the founder of the studio glass movement. Glass art is what Littleton was known for, his pieces consisted from ceramics to blown glass all the way to printing with glass, such as his work on "Giza". Littleton promoted the idea of glass as a course of study. His studio invited many artists to explore and work on glass art, which really created the trend and allowed the work of glass in the art world to become
Ancient Egypt, one of the most successful and spectacular civilizations in human history, has been studied by modern day scholars for its amazing accomplishments. Lasting for over 3,000 years, this civilization thrived in the Nile River Valley and grew to be a united kingdom with pharaohs, merchants, artisans, priests, teachers, and farmers. It can be argued that Egypt was the most highly advanced civilization of the time due to their stunning architecture, strong central government, and complex worldview that was highly optimistic and positive.
The Great Pyramid is the largest pyramid in the world. It was build to house Pharaoh Khufu once he passed. The scale of the pyramid probably was a sign of wealth. As time has change, the significance of this structure has changed as well. It went to being used as a tomb to being a tourist attraction and evidence of history
Luckily, the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx are located in the same town of Giza so I should be able to walk from one to the other and have it take me around ten minutes. In Egyptian legend, a Sphinx was a creature that had the head of a human, but also the body of a lion. In the most famous legend of a Sphinx, it terrorized a town demanding the answer to a riddle that the Sphinx was taught. If someone answered incorrectly, then the Sphinx would eat a man, and this would continue until it was given the proper answer by Oedipus, where the Sphinx killed herself. However, the Sphinx that is in Giza was built around the time that King Khafre was in power, about 2575 BCE to 2465 BCE. No one knows exactly why the Sphinx was built, but according
I chose the historical object of the Sphinx in Giza because it is unlike the pyramids, it was carved out of the living rock. It is an extraordinary object and one of the best know monuments in Egyptian architecture. The Luxor hotel might
One of the seven wonders of the world. For almost four millennias they were the tallest structures of the entire world. And yet we are still baffled as to how they were built. The Pyramids! We find these mysterious, immense, and fascinating structures throughout the world. We gaze at them in wonder and ask ourselves: who built them? How were they built? what were they used for? and, when were they built? The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. The pyramids purpose has always been a question of excitement ever since we discovered them, they’re a byproduct of conspiracy theorists dreams. They were initially thought to be a burial ground, yet we have no corpses... Other theorists believe in the idea of constellation copies. Both The Pyramids of Giza and The Three Great Pyramids Of Teotihuacan reflect and exactly point to the constellation of Orion 's belt, the very same constellation we see in the nights gaze here in Auckland. Now there are pyramids all over the globe, as if someone or something had taken a stamp, and stamped the earth many times over. There 's far more pyramids in Sudan than egypt, and there 's more in South America than the rest of the world combined. So how did so many cultures devise the same blueprint? Historically the
For more than 2000 years, egypt was one of the richest and most civilized lands in the ancient world. Much of what we know about this great civilization has been learned from its art and architecture. In particular, the ruins of tombs and temples have provided a valuable record of Egyptian life.
The great Sphinx from the old kingdom is built near the south side of Khafre’s pyramids. A hybrid colossus, representing Amen-Re. The original name from the old kingdom was Shesep Ankh Atum, meaning “the living image of Amen-Re .it is Carved from a single block of line stone, It’s 240 feet long . Standing 65 feet tall, it is the largest free standing monument still. The book of dead illustrates the sphinx representing the sun god, because Amen-Re was believed to emerged as a lion bathed in the light before he created the Paradise of Egypt. This explain the strange flat back due to Amen-Re landing on it, while descending from the heavens in a boat. This phenomenon is depicted in hieroglyphics throughout Egypt’s artifacts from the old
In “Ancient Egypt”, there were many influential and powerful Pharaohs from Tutankhamun (c. 1341 BC- c. 1323 BC) to Cleopatra (69 BC- 10 or 12 August 30 BC). Although their methods of ruling over Ancient Egypt is dissimilar, there is one correlation. That correspondence is the monuments that signified their power and greatness. As I was reading about Ancient Egypt, I began to imagine myself as a pharaoh and contemplated, “If I were a pharaoh, what type of monument would I create to represent my greatness and power?” and “How will it be similar or different from other ancient Egyptian monuments?” Firstly, the type of monument I would construct would be a “Colossal Statue” of me. A “Colossal Statue,” is a three-dimensional sculpture that
• Who shot Off the Sphinx’s Nose? : The Great Couchant Sphinx of Giza is a large human-headed lion carved out of large mounds of natural rock. Sphinx is the largest Monolith statue in the world, known to Guard the front of Khafra’s Pyramid. It is popularly believed that Napoleon’s troops shot off the nose of the Famous Sphinx at Giza. Around 1737 there were some sketches taken, the Sphinx appears to be sans a nose in it and also its more than 60 years before Napoleon reached Egypt. It is said that an Islamic Cleric Sa’im al-Dahr damaged it as he didn’t approve of ‘graven images’. He was eventually hanged in 1378 for Vandalism.
The architecture of ancient Egypt is one of the most significant civilizations throughout history, which developed of different structures and great architectural monuments along the River Nile.