The History Of Egypt: The City Of Ancient Egypt

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The country of Egypt, in particular the people of ancient Egypt, resides in the North East corner of Africa. The country spreads along the length of the River Nile congregating in the lower region (however, as the Nile is the only river in the world to run backwards, technically the lower region is in top of the country). Originally a divided country with two Pharaohs, Egyptian civilization coalesced around the year 3150 BC, and so began the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt (According to the conventional Egyptian chronology). The Ancient Egyptian’s didn’t use the system that we have been accustomed to today, but instead used the traditional Wet and Dry season. In those seasons the temperature would range quite dramatically, in the peak of the dry season the temperature could reach 47° C, dropping to 14° C throughout the colder parts of the year. Their dry season consisted of extremely dry heat, with the humidity being localized to the banks and villages along the Nile. However, what the people relied on most was the rain, and the promise of an efficacious crop. Even though the Ancient Egyptians adored their jewelry, makeup and high quality clothing, one must take a second to question, how practical were the items of clothing that they wore? Were they in fact built with practicality in mind, or was the accomplishment of a beautiful garment more imperative? Finally, when it comes to wealth and status, like that of the Pharaoh and his family, how distinguished were their vestments when compared to government officials, soldiers and people lower on the totem pole. The Pharaoh was regarded as the most powerful person in ancient Egypt. He was both the political and religious potentate of the people holding titles such as 'Lor... ... middle of paper ... ...people of standing surely wouldn’t need to worry about. The Ancient Egyptians thrived on the idea of social classes and were strict about ensuring no one advanced them on the totem pole, particularly those more prominent. So, naturally when it came to dressing, the best attires was given to those with power, money and substance. Whilst some Egyptian clothing was practical, there are some aspects that are clearly lacking, an example being the almost nonexistent wearing of shoes. For the wealthy who walked on concrete this was inconsequential, but for slaves and workers it was quite literally life changing. Looking back on how the Ancient Egyptians dressed, its clear they had an integral role in how we dress today. With all things considered though, how much have we changed over the years? Is our lives today really all that different from the Ancient Egyptians?
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