By Wendy Christensen
Empire of historical Egypt opens with an advent to the area and the geographic sector within the years prime as much as the empire, via a quick precis of the heritage of the empire. Sorting throughout the myths of pop culture and contradictory historic proof, this quantity presents a transparent, distinct photograph of the existence and background of the traditional Egyptians.
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E. in his Fifteenth Satire (as quoted in John Manchip White’s Ancient Egypt: Its Culture and History). The Egyptians did not actually worship animals. They worshiped the god or goddess who resided in the animal’s form. Many of these deities were depicted with the animal’s head on a human body. One animal cult that was widely popular among all classes of people centered on the bull. In different parts of Egypt, the sacred bull was known by different names, and even represented different gods. The Apis bull was the god Ptah at Memphis; the Mnevis bull was the god Re at Heliopolis; the Buchis bull was the god Montu at Luxor.
The Hyksos and the Nubians, who had formed an alliance, hemmed in the Thebans for almost 100 years. Finally, simmering tensions exploded into open conflict. The Thebans were determined to drive the hated foreigners off the throne and out of Egypt. King Seqenenre Tao and his son Kamose mounted fierce campaigns against the Hyksos. Seqenenre Tao was soon killed. His mummy shows terrible wounds, probably inflicted in battle. Kamose resumed the fight, retaking the Nubian border forts and leading a raid to the outskirts of Avaris.
Pyramid building was revived during the Middle Kingdom, but they were not as large as the ones of the Old Kingdom. Instead of building lavish tombs, they devoted their attention and resources to EGYPT BEFORE THE EMPIRE repairs, land reclamation, irrigation, and harbors. They strengthened border defenses, dealing quickly and firmly with incursions by Libyans and Bedouins. They renewed long-neglected diplomatic and trading relationships. Ambassadors and trade expeditions traveled to the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos, and other cities in the Near East, as well as Nubia and Punt.
Empire of Ancient Egypt (Great Empires of the Past) by Wendy Christensen