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The Impact of Ancient Egypt

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Many civilizations have left an impact on the world. One of the major civilizations is Ancient Egypt. This civilization, now modern-country Egypt, became unite at around 3150 BC in Eastern North Africa. Three of the important things about ancient Egypt are Religion, Art/Architecture/Culture/Tradition and Education.

The ancient Egyptian Religion changed and evolved many times. During the early Pre-Dynastic Period, gods, were generally, embodied in a certain animal. In the Old Kingdom, the sun cult was upgraded and the sun temple was as well as a little pyramid. During this dynasty, the worship of the sun god Ra began and the pyramid writings started in “Unas” Pyramid.

In the middle Kingdom, between the 11th and the 12th dynasty, a new religious writing came to be: coffin writings.

“By the 18th Dynasty Amun –the local god of Thebes- became Ancient Egypt’s greatest god, united with Ra as Amun-Ra. The high priests of Amun gained power and challenged Pharaonic authority by the late 20th Dynasty.” When Akhenaten ruled, monotheism was accepted. This special cult was displeasing to the Ancient Egyptians and so, after Akhenaten died, polytheism returned.

Last but not least, the Ptolemaic Period. In this period, Ptolemy 1 Soter –one of Alexander the Great’s most trusted generals- invented a new cult of Serapis. This cult spread in the Hellenistic world and Alexandria, but Ancient Egyptian Gods were still worshiped in the rest of the country.(3)

The ancient Egyptians had a set of burial customs, which they believed were required to guarantee an everlasting life after their death. These customs and rules included mummification, casting of magic spells, and burial with certain goods. These rules changed over time, however a few of e...

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