The Impact Of Permanent Settlement On Ancient Egypt

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Caroline Turner
CADS 2300
Fall 2014
The Impact of Permanent Settlement in Ancient Egypt

“Not only is the Egyptian climate peculiar to that country, and the Nile different in the way it behaves from rivers elsewhere, but the manners and customs of the Egyptians themselves seem to be the opposite of the typical practices of mankind”. – Herodotus (Guisepi 2004).
Egyptian civilization had been going successfully for thousands of years without interference when Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, wrote these words (Guisepi 2004). Thanks to the uniquely protective Nile River Valley, these rare people had the opportunity to develop differently from Europe and the East (Brier & Hobbs, 1999, p.1). Egypt had natural borders that were impossible, or at least very difficult, to cross, causing long periods of isolated growth without foreign invasion (Arnold & Gardiner 2003 p.72). The significance of the Nile River to the development of Egyptian civilization is so immense, that we cannot separate the history of Egypt from its geography and other natural characteristics (Arnold & Gardiner 2003 p.74). The Nile was very important as a communication and trade route across a vast and harsh land. Also, farmlands were that would otherwise be arid desert were renewed by it’s annual flooding (Brier & Hobbs, 1999, p.1). Predating the time of written history, people have built their homes in towns and cities made along the banks of the Nile (Guisepi 2004). However, it was not…

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