INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ANCIENT EGYPT City 2nd Part

1. THE EYE OF HORUS

ANCIENT EGYPT, This ancient Egypt symbol is still being used today and it was a symbol of protection, royal power and good health . Horus was the sky god and was usually depicted with a falcon head. 

2. ANCIENT EGYPTIAN WOMEN HAD EQUAL RIGHTS WITH MEN

Women could own property and were equal to men. However, it was still a society dominated by men. There are only a few examples of women who became pharaoh or had high ranking positions in the society.

But there are some fine exceptions such as Hatshepsut, Cleopatra, and Nitocris. Another example of famous Egyptian wives to pharaohs are Nefertiti (Amenhotep IV) and Nefertari (Ramses II). 

3.SURPRISING FACTS ANCIENT EGYPT

  • They invented toothpaste and paper as well as keys and locks
  • Cleopatra was not Egyptian, she was a descendant of Greek Macedonians
  • They had a number of board games, such as Mehen and Mancala and Senet. Even Tutankhamun had a copy of the Senet board game in his tomb

4.The Ancient Egyptian civilization periods

Early Dynastic Period3150–2686 BC
Old Kingdom2686–2181 BC
1st Intermediate Period2181–2055 BC
Middle Kingdom2055–1650 BC
2nd Intermediate Period1650–1550 BC
New Kingdom1550–1069 BC
3rd Intermediate Period1069–664 BC
Late Period664–332 BC

6.ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SYMBOLS

The Egyptians had many symbols that were frequently used. But these are some of the most famous Ancient Egyptian symbols that can be seen in many places. 

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SYMBOLS
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SYMBOLS
  • The Ankh
  • The Djed
  • The Scepter
  • The Scarab
  • The Tjet
  • The Crook and Flail
  • The Udjat Eye

The Interesting Facts About Ancient Egypt part 1

7.The Ankh

The Ankh
The Ankh

The ankh is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that was most commonly used in writing and in art to represent the word for “life” and, by extension, as a symbol of life itself. Its use continued through the Coptic Egyptians who adapted it as the crux ansata, a variant form of the Christian cross.

8.The Djed

The djed is one of the more ancient and commonly found symbols in ancient Egyptian religion. It is a pillar-like symbol in Egyptian hieroglyphs representing stability. It is associated with the creator god Ptah and Osiris, the Egyptian god of the afterlife, the underworld, and the dead.

9.The Scepter

A sceptre (British English) or scepter (American English; see spelling differences) is a symbolic ornamental staff or wand held in the hand by a ruling monarch as an item of royal or imperial insignia. Figuratively, it means royal or imperial authority or sovereignty.

10.The Scarab

Scarabs were popular amulets and impression seals in Ancient Egypt. They survive in large numbers and, through their inscriptions and typology, they are an important source of information for archaeologists and historians of the ancient world. They also represent a significant body of ancient art. 

11.The Tjet

The tyet, sometimes called the knot of Isis or girdle of Isis, is an ancient Egyptian symbol that came to be connected with the goddess Isis. Its hieroglyphic depiction is catalogued as V39 in Gardiner’s sign list. In many respects the tyet resembles an ankh, except that its arms curve down.

12.The Crook and Flail

The Crook and Flail
The Crook and Flail

The crook and flail are symbols used in Ancient Egyptian society. They were originally the attributes of the deity Osiris that became insignia of pharaonic authority. The shepherd’s crook stood for kingship and the flail for the fertility of the land.

13.The Udjat Eye

The Eye of Horus, also known as wadjet, wedjat or udjat, is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power, and good health. The Eye of Horus is similar to the Eye of Ra, which belongs to a different god, Ra, but represents many of the same concepts.

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