Ancient Egypt Egypt's impact on later cultures was immense. You could say that Egypt provided the building blocks for Greek and Roman culture, and, through them, influenced all of the Western tradition. Today, Egyptian imagery, concepts, and perspectives are found everywhere; you will find them in architectural forms, on money, and in our day to day lives. Many cosmetic surgeons, for example, use the silhouette of Queen Nefertiti (whose name means “the beautiful one has come”) in their advertisements. Pyramid of Khafre at Giza, c. 2520-2494 (right). Photo: Dr Amy Calvert, CC BY-NC This introduction will provide you with the primary filters to view and understand ancient Egypt. Longevity Ancient Egyptian civilization lasted for more than 3000 years and showed an incredible amount of continuity. Consistency & Stability Egypt’s stability is in stark contrast to the Ancient Near East of the same period, which endured an overlapping series of cultures and upheavals with amazing regularity. Geography Dynasties
San Jose Museum of Art Ancient Egyptian Gods Find out about Egyptian Gods and try our challenge © 2012 This website is produced by the Student Recruitment, Admissions and International Development Division at The University of Manchester Website Sumerian Myths Sumerian civilization originated in what is now southern Iraq, just upriver from the mouths of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. "Civilization" in this context means a settled town or city-dwelling people who possess a stable agricultural technology (including domesticated animals) and have developed a hierarchical system of social classes (peasants, laborers, slaves, craftsmen [smiths, masons, carpenters, potters, etc.], farmers, fishermen, merchants, doctors, architects, priests and temple attendants, bureaucrats, scribes, advisers, priest-kings). Since the climate of southern Iraq is hot and dry, agriculture requires an extensive irrigation system of canals and dikes. Map of Mesopotamian Archeological Sites (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago) Sumerian cities were close agglomerations of one or two story mud brick dwellings. The Sumerian CreationOnly one account of the Sumerian creation has survived, but it is a suggestive one. The Creation of Humans Questions:1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
UAM - UCSB University Art Museum Ancient Egypt - Ancient Civilizations for Kids North Africa Geography North Africa's landscape is covered by the world's largest hot desert--the Sahara. This massive Arid climate makes it a strange place for a large population of people. Most of the Sahara is too harsh for people to live. The Nile Valley, coastal areas, and the rare oases (plural for oasis) provide the only places that can support life. An oasis is an area of natural water in a desert that allows plant life. For thousands of years the Nile has flooded when the rainy season begins in central Africa. Early History The oldest human fossils have been found near North Africa, but the land was very different 200,000 years ago. 10,000 years ago North Africa was a grassland with many plants and animals. Egyptian Civilization Starting around 5500 BCE two major kingdoms developed along the Nile. Religion was a the center of Egyptian life. Egyptians were a very advanced civilization due to their inventions and technology. Ancient Egypt's History
Thacher Gallery March 17–April 16, 2014 Tuesday, March 18 Insights on “On Site” Artist lecture with Mitra Fabian 3-4 p.m., McLaren 251 Opening Reception 4-5 p.m., Thacher Gallery On Site FlyerUsing hundreds of rolls of Gleeson Library’s de-acquisitioned microfilm, San Jose-based artist Mitra Fabian will create a site-responsive installation transforming the gallery’s central area (located in Gleeson Library’s original circulation and card catalog area) into a shifting landscape of archival celluloid. Hung from the ceiling, this long-lasting, yet increasingly outmoded medium (and the information it contains) will take on new life that captures light, breathes, sways as it quietly takes over the space. Made from atypical, yet familiar materials such as tape, glue, window blinds and scientific products, these works often take on organic forms. Mitra Fabian was born in Iran and raised in Boston. Thacher Thursdays for On Site 12-1 pm, Thacher Gallery Thacher Thursdays Flyer
Ancient Egypt for Kids The story of ancient Egypt has survived for thousands of years. Egypt was one of the greatest civilizations of the past. The monuments and tombs of their Pharaohs continue to stand intact today, some 4,000 years later! A good portion of the Old testament takes place in or around Egypt. Egypt also plays a major role in the life of many Bible people from Moses and Joseph to Jesus. Egypt is situated in the northeast corner of the Africa. A large river called the River Nile flows through the country into the Mediterranean Sea. The Ancient Egyptians lived along the banks of the river Nile in Egypt. About 95 % of Egypt's population still live in the Nile valley (the area next to the river). Egypt is mainly made up of hot deserts and receives little rainfall. All of Egypt depended on the Nile for water, food and transportation. Before modern dams were built the river Nile would flood each year coating the land on either side of the river with thick back mud.