By Judson Knight
Offers ancient info and interpretation on old civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, China, Africa, Israel, and in other places.
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The pyramids are a monument not only to the pharaohs’ power but also to the genius of the architects, engineers, and government officials who planned and built them. First a site had to be selected. It had to be on the west side of the Nile, above flood level. It had to be near the water, because boats would be bringing in the blocks needed for building. The stone came from various places, but the hard granite that surrounded the interior chambers of the pyramid came from 500 miles up the river in Aswan.
Polytheism: Worship of many gods. Propaganda: A type of writing or other art that a government uses to influence peoples’ opinions about the government and its opponents. ) thorough or sweeping changes in society; (noun) a person who advocates such changes. Reclamation: The raising of land formerly covered by water. Sarcophagus: A brightly decorated coffin of ancient times, which often bore the face of the person buried within. Scribes: A small and very powerful group in ancient society who knew how to read and write.
Originally these symbols were also difficult to write down, though this probably had nothing to do with the scribes’ efforts to keep themselves in a job. —were carved into stone. ” During the Middle Kingdom, the development of hieratic script, along with the use of papyrus, would make writing much easier The scribes’ influence, however, would remain strong. Next to the royalty, high government officials, and priests, they were the most powerful figures in Egyptian society. The Sphinx sits in front of the Giza pyramid in Cairo, Egypt.
Ancient Civilizations RL. Almanac by Judson Knight