Ancient Egypt Comes to Life

January 5, 2013

Okay, time for some culture. As you all may have guessed, I am interested in many subjects besides law. One of those subjects is Ancient Egypt. I came across a story about Ancient Egypyt while I was perusing the news this morning and I got sucked in. The result is this article.

False confessions must wait another day.

Here is a link to a Fox News story titled, Ancient Egypt in Pictures.

Check out the 69 photos. Some of them have links to stories that you may find interesting.

There are some excellent photos and discussion of the discoveries near the pyramids at Giza about the workers who built them during the Fourth Dynasty (2575-2467 BC) in the Old Kingdom.

Yeah, I hate Fox Snooze, too, but the photos are cool.

Building the pyramids was a national effort.

Contrary to popular belief, slaves did not build the pyramids. Neither did ancient astronauts, by the way. They were built by workers who devoted 3 months of their time each year to the project. They were housed in worker’s quarters on site and fed meat, vegetables and bread prepared in large kitchens. They washed it down with copious amounts of beer. The owners of large estates supplied the food and beer.

Architects, engineers and supervisors lived year-round on site.

There also are photographs of the step-pyramid in the vast underground funerary complex at Saqqara. The legendary Imhotep, who is regarded as the father of architecture, engineering and medicine, designed and built that complex, including the step-pyramid, during the reign of Third Dynasty pharaoh Djoser.

Imhotep (2650-2600 BC) was basically what we would call the Chancellor or Prime Minister of Egypt during Pharaoh Djoser’s reign. In addition to his impressive accomplishments designing massive buildings, constructing them with stone using copper tools and writing medicinal texts without any references to the spirit world or magical spells, he was the High Priest of Ra (the Sun God) at Heliopolis, the City of the Sun.

His name says a lot about him. Imhotep means: He who comes in Peace.

For more information on Imhotep, go here.

There are also photographs of statuary, sarcophagi, mummies and artwork during the reign of Akhenaten, the so-called heretic pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty during the New Kingdom. Akhenaten (AKA: Amunhotep IV) is credited as the father of monotheism and he was the biological father of King Tut, as confirmed by DNA testing. There is a striking photograph of his mother’s mummy, Queen Tiye, whose beautiful elegance and power still radiates.

To give you some idea of how long Egypt’s ancient culture lasted, Akhenaten ruled from 1351-1334 BC, or about 1300 years after Imhotep lived and Imhotep lived about 500 years after Narmer unified Upper (southern) Egypt and Lower (northern Nile Delta region) Egypt. Ramses II (1303-1213 BC), probably the most famous pharaoh of ancient Egypt and regarded by many as the pharaoh of the Exodus (but not by me) had not even been born yet.

Her history and culture continues to influence us today.

Make sure you also take a look at this extraordinary 3-foot tall plaster sarcophagus of a girl during the period of Roman rule. Here is a close-up photograph of her face.

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