Ecards explain Ancient Egypt

 

I saw this and couldn’t help but laugh! Thought it was a good way to end the quarter!

Alexa S.

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Space Jewelry

Space Jewelry

I found this really interesting article on how the Ancient Egypt might have obtained iron before everyone else and the speculated origin of the iron is from space.  Apparently, meteors fell nearby Egypt in antiquity and that is how they obtained iron, it was from the stone meteorite which then would be molded into jewelry. The jewelry was essentially for the pharaoh because of its sacred value, they believed that meteors were body parts of a god. 

 

There are several skeptics but there are also specialist like Johnson who want to look further into the iron (meteorite) jewelry of Ancient Egyptians.

 

by I.G

♫ ♪ Keep Feeling Fascination ♪♫ (a Human League Reference)

“Our fascination with ancient Egypt is, to a large extent, a product of the vast amount of material information available. We know so much about the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians – we can read their words, meet their families, feel their clothes, taste their food and drink, enter their tombs and even touch their bodies – that it seems that we almost know them. And knowing them, maybe even loving them, we feel that we can understand the very human hopes and fears that dominated their lives.”[1]

I believe the above quote, from Dr Joyce Tyldesley, accurately sums up the prevailing sentiments many people have regarding Ancient Egypt.  We are captivated by their mundane, daily lives because of the significance in which we have given it.  The historical value of Ancient Egypt, being a cornerstone of our modern day civilization, is incalculable.  While the early men and women of the Nile were simply trying to maintain subsistence for themselves and their families, they inadvertently became part of a 5,000 year old history and I am left to wonder if they believed people in the future would be aware of their existence.

Over the course of this quarter, through primary source material, we have been able to insert ourselves into the lives of Ancient Egyptians.  I cannot help being enthralled with the long held secrets that have been and continue to be discovered. ~TB

 


[1] Dr Joyce Tyldesley, BBC History, BBC, 02 17, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/egypt_importance_01.shtml#two (accessed 06 4, 2013).

 

 

Well the truth may need some
Re-arranging
Stories to be told
And plain to see the facts are changing
No meaning left to hold

Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination Lyrics, written by Jo Callis and Philip Oakey

Enemies of Ancient Egypt

Every large and powerful empire obtains enemies of every shape and form. For Egypt, their enemies consisted of one of two types: the first being the enemy that had resources that Egypt wanted, but were of little threat as invaders (such as the Mittani or Hatti), and the second being the empires that had little of value, but threatened the rule of Egypt (the Libyans and Sea Peoples).

Nubians were wanted because of the gold and other resources in their empire. They were the main threat which Egypt faced and were considered to be “vile” and “wretched” by Egyptian kings. Nubians were a main source of wealth and slave power, as military campaigns and trading expeditions were sent to Nubia at regular intervals in order to sustain a regular supply of prisoners, herds of cattle and exotic products from the south such as ivory, ostrich feathers and ebony. (Picture below = Nubian)
A northern, or Asiatic captive with text specifying his region of origin, here, Kamaka.

Libyans wre depicted by the Egyptians mostly as dark skinned and bearded, though occasionally with fair hair and blue eyes. Rule over Libyans, like that of Nubians, were signs of the king’s power in militay and political expeditions. During the New Kingdom reigns of Merneptah and Ramesses III, the Egyptians had to stave off major invasions from Libyans, but by the late New Kingdom these people eventually became an influential group within Egyptian society. In fact, by the 22nd Dynasty, they even gained temporary control of Egypt. (Picture below = Libyan)

Ramesses II, armed with an axe, holds three foreign enemies by their hair. They include a Nubian, a Syrian and a Libyan.

During the Second Intermediate Period, Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of Asiatic kings known as the Hyksos (“rulers of foreign lands”). They came to Egypt with horses, chariots and copper weapons, which the Egyptians would later adapt for their own armies. By the beginning of the New Kingdom, the Hyksos were expelled from Egypt by King Ahmose, but this interlude of foreign rule in Egypt resulted in a new, aggressive policy of imperialism in Syria-Palestine.
(Alexa Straughan)

Will write for food

My ponderings after the class reading discussion…

Although scribes were considered by many to be in a better position within society than a carpenter or potter, looking at the work through a 21st century lens, in todays world a scribe is no more than a stenographer, hardly an elite position in our status conscious society.

If in ancient Egypt “blue collar” work was looked down on by the elites, even with all the progressive thinking that has evoolved this is still a prevailing way of thinking.  Although society’s elite need blue collar workers to build their homes, drive their cars, and clean their houses, they still look down on those who do this kind of work as “less than” and “less worthy”. ~TB

Gamers unite!

Gamers unite!

I was at a convention this past weekend and I was invited to join in on a game that my daughter kicked butt on last year. Little did I realize that my daughter was being taught the beauty of Gambling and Drinking in this game. Needless to say, I had fun while playing this game but I wasn’t thrilled that she learned these “much” needed skills for this game.

This inspired me for this weeks blog discussion. I was intrigued to find out about this history of Gaming during the times of Ancient Egypt.The dictionary definition of Gambling is to bet on an uncertain outcome for a sum of money. This is more often the case for men than for women. Also, this is the case for young men as well.

Did you know that gaming has been around for about 40,000 years? Thats’ right folks, Cavemen were gamblers and they often used pieces of sheep bone for dice. There was even mention of Ivory of dice in Ancient Egypt at about 1500 BC in Thebes. The plates that were found in the Great Pyramid of Khufu had inscriptions about dice. Pharaohs were often buried with “crooked” dice. Need loaded dice? Well thats right, Pharaohs had them.

In Ancient Assyria, gaming was abundant and a game board was found there that was similar to that of Backgammon. Ancient Egyptian game boards were similar in style and make. Also, these were used in Mesopotamia.

Gives you something to consider, the next time you sit down to play a round of cards.