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Ancient Egypt
located in the
northeast corner of
surrounded by natural
• desert
• mountains
•Mediterranean Sea
The Nile River
• Flooded every year
• Provided fertile soil for crops
• Was the “Lifeline” for Egypt
• Transportation Route
• Used for Irrigation
• Flows south to north
• Mouth = “Delta”
Ancient Egyptian Time
An Explanation
First, the Egyptians developed a lunar calendar of 354 days.
In time, the Egyptians created a more accurate 360-day solar calendar
BC - Means "Before Christ"
AD - Means "Anno Domini" (The Year of Our Lord)
Both of these terms were adopted during the early
formation of the Roman/Christian calendar.
• Irrigation systems watered crops
• Main crops were barley, wheat and flax
• Main food was bread and beer, fish, vegetables and
fruit. Only the wealthy ate meat.
• Egypt’s weather is very warm
• People wore linen robes
• Women wore make-up and jewelry
• People shaved their heads and wore wigs for special
Egyptian Social Pyramid
Egyptian Social
Classes were
based on wealth,
job and
• People built homes from mud bricks
• More important people had better houses.
• Only the wealthy had “bathrooms”
• Egyptians developed a form of picture or symbol
writing known as hieroglyphics.
• The king or ruler of Egypt was
called a Pharaoh.
• The Pharaoh was seen as a god.
• Everyone worked for the pharaoh.
• When he died, the pharaoh was
mummified and buried in a beautiful
chamber along with his belongings.
• Like all civilizations, Egyptians had
the need for laws. The Pharaoh was
the supreme judge of what was right
and wrong under the law.
• The Egyptians believed in many
• Egyptians prayed to different
gods who controlled different
• They built temples and shrines
to honor their gods.
• The Egyptians believed in an
Anubis –
God of
the Dead
Horus –
God of
the Sky
Osiris –
God of the
Dead and
Ra – God
of the Sun
The Great Pyramids
Religious Beliefs
• Religion was at the center
of Egyptian life
• Practiced polytheism worship of many gods
• Egyptian gods were often
pictured as an animal or as
a person’s body with an
animal’s head.
The Great Pyramids
Egyptian gods:
• The story of Osiris & Isis is the basis for the
Egyptian belief in the afterlife
• Osiris: gave Egypt civilization, was killed by his
jealous brother, Seth, who scattered his body
in the Nile.
• Isis: wife of Osiris, gathered up his body parts
and returned him to life.
• Re (Ra): (Horus) Sun-god, recognized by all
Egyptians, son of Osiris & Isis
• if the body was preserved, then the soul could continue
to live
• Mummification-preserving the bodies of the dead by
embalming, then wrapping them in linen - “Mummies”
• The dry climate of Egypt helped to preserve the
bodies naturally, at first.
• The Pharaoh was the first to be mummified artificially.
• During the Old Kingdom, only the Pharaoh's body
went through the elaborate ritual of mummification.
If the Pharaoh was preserved, then he would see all of
his subjects safely to their afterlife.
• Egyptians believed that when people die, they move
on to another world.
• Since people needed their body in the afterlife, it
would need to be “preserved.”
• The process of mummification was developed.
The Process of Mummification
• First they would remove the organs.
These would go into canopic jars.
• They would take the brain out
through the nose.
• They packed the body with natron
(a salt mixture) that would remove all
the moisture.
• After several weeks, they would
apply oil, wrap the body in bandages
and place the body in a
sarcophagus. They would put a
decorated mask on the body.
• The body would be put in a
chamber with all the things needed
for the afterlife…food, riches, etc.
Mummy Making
• For Fun you can check out one of these websites