Understanding Ancient Egypt

We really hope you enjoy these fun facts about Egypt. You will learn about the Pharaoh’s who were the Kings of all the land. Did you know that the ancient Egyptians worshipped hundreds of gods and goddesses? Or that they invented things like the calendar and glass blowing! Things that we still use each and every day. Learn about Pyramids like the great pyramid at Giza. It can be fun to learn about history and all that happened in the past.
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  • History of Egypt

    The ancient Egyptian civilization lasted for more than 3000 years, longer than any other civilisation in human history. Although we are talking about a period that began more than 5000 years ago.
  • Egyptian Architecture

    The ancient Egyptians are famous for the building of the Pyramids. The pyramids were built as the burial places of the Egyptian kings from before the start of the Old Kingdom until the end of the Middle Kingdom.
  • Egyptian Art

    From the earliest times Egyptian art was developed in the service of the king. Ancient Egyptian art was first created to show that the king was a god. The art-forms were first of all worked out by the master craftsmen in the Pharaoh’s court.
  • Egyptian Daily Life

    Egypt is a dry, hot desert country and ancient life depended on the waters of the River Nile. The Nile was used for water to irrigate the fields and the main means of travelling and of transporting goods, all by boat..
  • Egyptian Science

    The ancient Egyptians are famous for many scientific achievements like metal working, including working with copper and gold, glass-blowing, knowledge of anatomy and medicine, invention of a calendar.
  • Egyptian Writing

    The ancient Egyptians thought it was important to write down information about religion and important events. So they invented scripts (ways of writing). There are three main Egyptian scripts.
  • Egyptian Gods

    The ancient Egyptians worshipped hundreds of gods and goddesses. Many of them are shown in paintings and sculptures in the shape of animals, or wearing the masks of animals.
  • Egyptian Government

    From the beginnings of the Old Kingdom until the end of the New Kingdom, the most powerful person in Egypt was the king and occasionally the queen. The king was known as the Pharaoh.
  • Egyptian Timeline

    Egyptian Timeline Have fun discovering Ancient Egypt in pictures and amazing facts.
  • Egyptian Amulets

    An amulet is an item that someone might wear or carry around with them in the belief that it will bring them good luck or protect them.
  • Egyptian Ankh

    The ancient Egyptians used symbols to represent many words and ideas. Their writing, known as hieroglyphs, have a lot of symbols that represent their gods and their lives.
  • Ba and the Ka

    The ancient Egyptian people lived their lives with two main concerns: a happy life here and being able to enter the afterlife when they had died.
  • Book of the Dead

    The ancient Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead’ is part of the Egyptian religion. It contains all of the information that is needed for the spirit of someone who has died to get through the trials and tests and emerge to their afterlife.
  • Canopic Jars

    The ancient Egyptians had a strong religious belief that when a person died they would return to an ‘afterlife’ that was almost the same as the life they had when they were alive.
  • Egyptian Games

    Civilizations and cultures around the world seem to share in the love of playing games. Some of the games in ancient Egypt were designed just for adults, but others were played by people of all age
  • Egyptian Animals

    Ancient Egypt had a number of animals that were local to the area and that they used as pets, farming, transportation, food and fat for cooking and oil.
  • Egyptian Artifacts

    The ancient Egyptian civilization lasted over 3,000 years and during that time they created many items that we can still see today.
  • Egyptian Clothing

    Egypt has hot and dry weather because so much of it is a desert. The ancient Egyptians had to have clothing that was not too hot and allowed free flowing air to cool their bodies.
  • Egyptian Families

    Ancient Egyptians placed high value on their family life. They considered their children to be a blessing from the gods and so they took exceptional care of them.
  • Egyptian Farming

    The ancient Egyptians had the ability to grow everything they needed to eat. Although Egypt is a desert, the Egyptians settled near the Nile River.
  • Egyptian Food

    When you look at the country of Egypt, you see large areas of dry hot desert. The Egyptians did have one thing going for them: The River Nile.
  • Egyptian Furniture

    Most people in the world are lucky enough to have land around them that grows trees. These cultures build all kinds of beautiful furniture using the wood from the trees.
  • Egyptian Hierarchy

    Ancient Egypt was a successful culture for over 3,000 years. In the early years there were two ‘kingdoms’ that operated like two different countries.
  • Egyptian Houses

    Almost all of Egypt is a desert, and in ancient Egypt they needed to use any fertile land for growing crops. This means that there weren’t that many trees for building houses.
  • Egyptian Mummies

    To understand Egyptian mummies you have to first know about their religious beliefs. Ancient Egyptians believed in many gods and that when a person died they passed into an ‘afterlife’.
  • Egyptian Music

    Music was as important to the ancient Egyptians as it is in our modern society. Although it is thought that music played a role throughout the history of Egypt, those that study the Egyptian writings
  • Egyptian Painting

    When archeologists began discovering ancient Egyptian paintings, they were found in tombs and burial places.
  • Egyptian Pharaohs

    Ancient Egypt was one a thriving civilization, lasting over 3,000 years. The pharaoh that was the leader was thought to be both a man and a god.
  • Egyptian Plants

    Egypt was and continues to this day to be mostly desert. The people of the area benefited from living close to the Nile River.
  • Egyptian Pottery

    The Egyptians were one of the first cultures in the world to create pottery. They developed an excellent farming-based civilization and it is thought that they made pottery as a way to store grains and food items.
  • Egyptian Pyramids

    The pyramids that we see in Egypt today continue to be ‘Wonders of the World’. They were built thousands of years ago and yet still stand.
  • Egyptian School

    Formal education in ancient Egypt was mostly reserved for the boys of wealthier families. Although there is some evidence that occasionally, girls did go to school and even became doctors.
  • Egyptian Scribes

    The people that did all of the writing in ancient Egypt were called ‘scribes’. We can give credit to the scribes for giving us so much important information about what life was like in ancient Egypt.
  • Egyptian Sculpture

    Sculpture played an important part in the lives of ancient Egyptians. Their talent for producing incredibly beautiful sculptures was based on their association with sculpture and the construction of their tombs and buildings.
  • Egyptian Slaves

    We might be shocked to think of slavery today, but in the time of ancient Egypt is was a common practice in many cultures and countries.
  • Hatshepsut

    In ancient Egypt, all pharaohs were supposed to be men. The title was passed down from father to son, or eldest male relative.
  • Mummy Curse

    Almost everyone has seen or heard about the curse of the mummy. It is a popular these for movies and books.
  • Egyptian Religion

    The people of ancient Egypt developed their religion based on gods and goddesses and the powers that they had.
  • Rosetta Stone

    When people outside of Egypt discovered the large amount of picture writing called ‘hieroglyphs’, they spent years trying to figure out what the ancient Egyptians were saying.
  • The River Nile

    The Nile River is the reason that the ancient Egyptians developed their civilization. The surround areas of Egypt are desert and the Nile River brought water and rich soil that could be used to fertilize and grow crops.
  • Tutankhamun

    Tutankhamun or “King Tut” is probably the most well-known Egyptian pharaoh. One of the reasons is that his burial tomb is one of the few that was discovered with everything still in it.
  • Hegyptian Women

    Ancient Egypt had one of the most progressive civilizations for women. The culture believed that happiness and joy were the goals in life and that family and home were important.
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