Pyramids, gold, the Nile, hieroglyphics, gods and goddesses…no matter how much we know about it, we all see one of these things when we picture Egypt. However, this image is not complete without the Pharaoh. Not much in Egypt was. So to be considered “The Last Great Pharaoh of Egypt” is quite an honor, an honor that Ramesses III carries. A ruler in the time of the New Kingdom, he gave Egypt a few more years of glory before it’s decline.
His life was a tragic but majestic one and his life will forever be remembered across history as one of the most righteous rulers in Egypt. King tut was born circa 1341 B.C.E. He was given the name Tutankhaten which means “ the living image of Aten”. Aten was the god of all gods. During his young years of childhood, the young phaorah was living with poltical problems from the former ruler Akenhaten (possibly Tuts father) who was called a “heretic king” who changed the ideas of religion and changed ancient Egypt and pushed it into political movements.
Egypt is very interesting to learn about because there were so many different pharaohs who ruled in so many different ways and there are many monuments that lasted until today and will last a lot longer. The Old Kingdom started around 2700 B.C.E. This kingdom was known for the strong central government and for the pyramids. Some historians call this time the Age of Pyramids. One of the most well known Pharaohs during this time was Pharaoh Khufu.
This association of the pharaoh with the divine empowered themselves with much power, control and loyalty from the Egyptians. One of the great gods from this era was Amun, which was believed that his highlight was after he replaced the war god Montu as the center god of Thebes. Amun was the creator god whose name meant “the hidden one” or “the secret one”. He was associated with the air as an invisible force and according to Egyptian myth, was self-created. It was beli... ... middle of paper ... ...ndbook of Egyptian Mythology.
Archeologists have only been able to recover fragments of the Pharaoh many kings after have sought to imitate and was later worshiped as a god. All that remains today is the mummified left foot of the once great Pharaoh (National Geographic: Egypt) The construction of the Djoser’s step pyramid would launch the beginning of an ambitious pyramid building program that would end with the Great Pyramids at Giza. Imhotep, the man credited with designing the step pyramid, would eventually be deified some 1,400 years later (Grimal).
Snefru was a major pharaoh that constructed the process of building his pyramid known as the Bent pyramid. This pyramid, which was previously stated, had a case design instead of a step pyramid (Hill, 2008). This pyramid reflected how much work and craft went into the pyramid because of how much the Egyptians looked up to the pharaoh/king and gods. Khufu was a king that ruled over the Egyptians from 2551 to 2528 BC and his pyramid was most commonly known as Pyramid Giza (Smith 2004, 86). Since his pyramid was the biggest pyramid ever built, with an area of 53,000 square meters and 146.6 meters high, he must have been a major king who did a lot while he reigned over Egyptian society (Smith 2004, 86).
Pyramids of ancient Egypt are the most famous tombs up to this day. The most famous are three pyramids built for the Pharaohs; Khufu, Khafre, and Mehkuare. The best one is the Great Pyramid of Giza built for Khufu which is also one of the seven
Ramses was able to accomplish many innovations that have survived to be around today. As ruler Ramses was also the leader of his army and led many battles including the famous war between the Egyptians and Hittites. Ramses created the first treaty to be written down after a war. Ramses has been known to be one of the most profound Pharaoh in history. Even though Egypt relied on Ramses II to be Pharaoh at such a young age, Egypt did not rely just on his judgment, but rather his personal involvement.
This would also give artisans of that time the freedom to have depictions of gods and goddesses in their artwork along with the pharaohs. The pharaohs are the ones mostly known to have artwork based upon them with a god in the background, to represent some type of strength or power. During his reign he was believed to be the successor to the pharaoh scorpion and Ka. Instead of having symbols that recognized him name he used symbols of unification. Narmer was the king that unified Lower and Upper Egypt into one, there is roof of his reign over both in an early document in Abydos tombs.
Being that the Mediterranean was a exemplary place of trade, its only natural that most of these societies, cultures, and countries share a bit from one another. The one thing that all these ancient wonders have in common are that they are monuments to a higher being. Whether it be a god or king, the idols they were structured for were as monumental the structures themselves. I would like now to delve into each wonder chronologically. Standing at 450 feet high and 756 feet across at each side, the great pyramid of Pharaoh-King Khufu was the first of the seven wonders to be erected in Giza, which now part of Cairo, Egypt.