Egyptian History

By Ancient History Encyclopedia www.ancient.eu | A selection of the most popular articles on ancient Egypt from Ancient History Encyclopedia. Including mythology, mummies and pharaohs.

The Admonitions of Ipuwer

<i>The Admonitions of Ipuwer</i> (also known as <i>The Papyrus Ipuwer</i> and <i>The Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage</i>) is a literary text dated to the Middle Kingdom of …

Seshat

Seshat (also given as Sefkhet-Abwy and Seshet) is the Egyptian goddess of the written word. Her name literally means "female scribe" and she is …

Mythology

Prayer to Thoth for Skill in Writing

The <i>Prayer to Thoth for Skill in Writing</i> is a literary piece dated to c. 1150 BCE from the latter period of the New Kingdom of Egypt (c. 1570-1069 …

Writing

Ancient Egyptian Writing

Ancient Egyptian writing is known as hieroglyphics ('sacred carvings') and developed at some point prior to the Early Dynastic Period (c. 3150 -2613 …

Writing

Ancient Egyptian Literature

Ancient Egyptian literature comprises a wide array of narrative and poetic forms including inscriptions on tombs, stele, obelisks, and temples; …

Literature

Ancient Egyptian Science Technology

The great temples and monuments of ancient Egypt continue to fascinate and amaze people in the modern day. The sheer size and scope of structures …

Egypt

Egyptian Papyrus

Papyrus is a plant (<i>cyperus papyrus</i>) which once grew in abundance, primarily in the wilds of the Egyptian Delta but also elsewhere in the Nile River …

Writing

Bes

Bes is the ancient Egyptian god of childbirth, fertility, sexuality, humor, and war, but served primarily as a protector god of pregnant women and …

History

Egyptian Obelisk

An obelisk is a stone rectangular pillar with a tapered top forming a pyramidion, set on a base, erected to commemorate an individual or event and …

Egypt

Women in Ancient Egyptian Society

In ancient Egyptian society, women were treated differently than women of other ancient societies. Ancient Egyptian society offered women the …

Egypt

The Magical Lullaby of Ancient Egypt

The <i>Magical Lullaby</i> (popularly known as <i>Charm for the Protection of a Child</i>) is an inscription from the 16th or 17th century BCE. The poem exemplifies …

Egypt

Ghosts in Ancient Egypt

A text known as <i>The Lay of the Harper,</i> dating from the Middle Kingdom (2040-1782 BCE) encourages its audience to make the most of the time because …

Egypt

A Ghost Story of Ancient Egypt

The best-known ghost story from ancient Egypt is known, simply, as <i>A Ghost Story</i> but sometimes referenced as <i>Khonsemhab and the Ghost</i>. The story dates …

Egypt

The Great Sphinx of Giza

The Great Sphinx of Giza is the most instantly recognizable statue associated with ancient Egypt and among the most famous in the world. The …

Archaeology

Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut (1479-1458 BCE) was the first female ruler of ancient Egypt to reign as a male with the full authority of pharaoh. Her name means …

Egypt

Egyptian Government

The government of ancient Egypt was a theocratic monarchy as the king ruled by a mandate from the gods, initially was seen as an intermediary between …

Egypt

Late Period of Ancient Egypt

The Late Period of Egypt (525-331 BCE) is the era following the Third Intermediate Period (1069-525) and preceding the brief Hellenistic Period …

Egypt

Third Intermediate Period of Egypt

The Third Intermediate Period (c. 1069-525 BCE) is the era following the New Kingdom of Egypt (c. 1570-c.1069 BCE) and preceding the Late Period …

Egypt

New Kingdom of Egypt

The New Kingdom (c. 1570- c.1069 BCE is the era in Egyptian history following the disunity of the Second Intermediate Period (c. 1782-1570 BCE) and …

Second Intermediate Period of Egypt

During the latter part of the 13th Dynasty, the Egyptian kings stopped supplying the fortifications at the border and no new troops were stationed …

Middle Kingdom of Egypt

The Middle Kingdom (2040-1782 BCE) is considered ancient Egypt's Classical Age during which the culture produced some of its greatest works of art …

Ancient Egyptian Warfare

The Narmer Palette, an ancient Egyptian cermonial engraving, depicts the great king Narmer (c. 3150 BCE) conquering his enemies with the support and …

Egypt

First Intermediate Period of Egypt

The First Intermediate Period of Egypt (2181-2040 BCE) is the era which followed the Old Kingdom (c. 2613-2181 BCE) and preceded the Middle Kingdom …

Egypt

Ptolemaic Dynasty

The Ptolemaic dynasty controlled Egypt for almost three centuries (305 – 30 BCE), eventually falling to the Romans. Oddly, while they ruled Egypt …

Egypt

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

The popular view of life in ancient Egypt is often that it was a death-obsessed culture in which powerful pharaohs forced the people to labor at …

Egypt

Love, Sex, and Marriage in Ancient Egypt

Although marriages in ancient Egypt were arranged for communal stability and personal advancement, there is ample evidence that romantic love was as …

Egypt

Old Kingdom of Egypt

The Old Kingdom of Egypt (c. 2613-2181 BCE) is also known as the 'Age of the Pyramids' or 'Age of the Pyramid Builders' as it includes the great 4th …

Egypt

The Ankh

The Ankh is one of the most recognizable symbols from ancient Egypt, known as "the key of life" or the "cross of life", and dating from the Early …

Ancient Egyptian Architecture

The pyramids are the most recognizable symbol of ancient Egypt. Even though other civilizations, such as the Maya or the Chinese, also employed this …

Egypt