Egypt Innovation

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An integral component of human nature is curiosity. There always has been and always will be individuals that simply will not accept the state of affairs that the world is in. Progress, innovation, development, whatever one would call it, is constantly being pursued at many varying levels to very different ends. Throughout history, various empires and civilizations pursued this concept of development in their own unique ways, adapting and creating technologies to suit the populace’s needs as well as to glorify themselves. Based on evidence from ancient Egypt to the Renaissance, it will be demonstrated that the three main factors that contribute to innovation within an empire are a centralized government, an investment in knowledge, and an…show more content…
As fitting of a god, the Pharaoh would have the people build a pyramid, which was supposed to be a house for him in the after-life. At first, tombs called mastabas sufficed, but soon they were not considered large enough. The Egyptians strove for perfection by gaining knowledge the only way they knew how: through trial and error. After many iterations, the Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was built around 2560 BCE under the ordinance of King Khufu (HST 318 Lecture: Egypt – Part II). The Egyptians were not forced to work on the pyramids, but whoever worked on the Pyramid would receive compensation with food and clothing (The History Channel: Engineering an Empire – Part 2). As a result, the government received labor at a very low cost, the Egyptian people were kept satisfied, and innovation progressed. Though the Egyptians were not very open to cultural change, their multiple kingdoms still lasted an impressive 3,000 years, one of the longest times that a kingdom has been maintained. However, it is rather surprising that for the length of time that the Egyptian Kingdoms were around, there weren’t as many well-known innovations or advancements as one might expect compared to other eras which took up a shorter expanse of time, such as the
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