2. Chapter 1. Pre-Dynastic Times: Upper and Lower Egypt: The Unification. . It is generally agreed that the history of a united Egypt started about the end of the. 1) Course Introduction and Brief History of Ancient Egypt. The basic element in the lengthy history of Egyptian civilization is geography. in the author's History of Egypt," which is based upon the documentary sources in these volumes. As a further aid in gaining a comprehensive idea of the content.
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THE STORY OF THE NORMANS. By Sarah O. Jewett. THE STORY OF PERSIA. By S. G. W. Benjamin. THE STORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT. By Geo. Rawlinson. A brief history of Egypt / Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. p. cm. — (Brief history). Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN ISBN istory of Ancient E gypt. Guidebook. Course Guidebook. The History of Ancient Egypt. Professor Bob Brier. Long Island University. History. Topic. Ancient History .
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Egypt thrived for thousands of years from c. The great monuments which ancient Egypt is still celebrated for reflect the depth and grandeur of Egyptian culture which influenced so many ancient civilizations, among them Greece and Rome. One of the reasons for the enduring popularity of Egyptian culture is its emphasis on the grandeur of the human experience.
Their great monuments, tombs, temples, and art work all celebrate life and stand as reminders of what once was and what human beings, at their best, are capable of achieving. Although ancient Egypt in popular culture is often associated with death and mortuary rites, something even in these speaks to people across the ages of what it means to be a human being and the power and purpose of remembrance.
To the Egyptians, life on earth was only one aspect of an eternal journey. The soul was immortal and was only inhabiting a body on this physical plane for a short time.
At death, one would meet with judgment in the Hall of Truth and, if justified, would move on to an eternal paradise known as The Field of Reeds which was a mirror image of one's life on earth.
Once one had reached paradise one could live peacefully in the company of those one had loved while on earth, including one's pets, in the same neighborhood by the same steam, beneath the very same trees one thought had been lost at death. This eternal life, however, was only available to those who had lived well and in accordance with the will of the gods in the most perfect place conducive to such a goal: Egypt has a long history which goes back far beyond the written word, the stories of the gods, or the monuments which have made the culture famous.
Evidence of overgrazing of cattle, on the land which is now the Sahara Desert, has been dated to about BCE. This evidence, along with artifacts discovered, points to a thriving agricultural civilization in the region at that time. As the land was mostly arid even then, hunter-gathering nomads sought the cool of the water source of the Nile River Valley and began to settle there sometime prior to BCE.
Organized farming began in the region c. Industry developed at about this same time as evidenced by faience workshops discovered at Abydos dating to c. By BCE mummification of the dead was in practice at the city of Hierakonpolis and large stone tombs built at Abydos. As in other cultures world-wide, the small agrarian communities became centralized and grew into larger urban centers. The Early Dynastic Period c. Although his chronology has been disputed by later historians, it is still regularly consulted on dynastic succession and the early history of ancient Egypt.
Identification of Menes with Narmer is far from universally accepted, however, and Menes has been as credibly linked to the king Hor-Aha c. The claim that the land was unified by military campaign is also disputed as the famous Narmer Palette , depicting a military victory, is considered by some scholars to be royal propaganda.
The country may have first been united peacefully but this seems unlikely. Geographical designation in ancient Egypt follows the direction of the Nile River and so Upper Egypt is the southern region and Lower Egypt the northern area closer to the Mediterranean Sea. Narmer ruled from the city of Heirakonopolis and then from Memphis and Abydos. Trade increased significantly under the rulers of the Early Dynastic Period and elaborate mastaba tombs, precursors to the later pyramids , developed in ritual burial practices which included increasingly elaborate mummification techniques.
From the Pre-Dynastic Period c. An early Egyptian creation myth tells of the god Atum who stood in the midst of swirling chaos before the beginning of time and spoke creation into existence. Atum was accompanied by the eternal force of heka magic , personified in the god Heka and by other spiritual forces which would animate the world. Heka was the primal force which infused the universe and caused all things to operate as they did; it also allowed for the central value of the Egyptian culture: All of the gods and all of their responsibilties went back to ma'at and heka.
The sun rose and set as it did and the moon traveled its course across the sky and the seasons came and went in accordance with balance and order which was possible because of these two agencies.
Ma'at was also personified as a deity, the goddess of the ostrich feather, to whom every king promised his full abilities and devotion. The king was associated with the god Horus in life and Osiris in death based upon a myth which became the most popular in Egyptian history.
Osiris and his sister-wife Isis were the original monarchs who governed the world and gave the people the gifts of civilization. Osiris' brother, Set, grew jealous of him and murdered him but he was brought back to life by Isis who then bore his son Horus. Osiris was incomplete, however, and so descended to rule the underworld while Horus, once he had matured, avenged his father and defeated Set. This myth illustrated how order triumphed over chaos and would become a persistent motif in mortuary rituals and religious texts and art.
There was no period in which the gods did not play an integral role in the daily lives of the Egyptians and this is clearly seen from the earliest times in the country's history.
During the period known as the Old Kingdom c. The king Djoser , who reigned c. The grandeur of the pyramids on the Giza plateau, as they originally would have appeared, sheathed in gleaming white limestone, is a testament to the power and wealth of the rulers during this period. Many theories abound regarding how these monuments and tombs were constructed but modern architects and scholars are far from agreement on any single one. Considering the technology of the day, some have argued, a monument such as the Great Pyramid of Giza should not exist.
Others claim, however, that the existence of such buildings and tombs suggest superior technology which has been lost to time. There is absolutely no evidence that the monuments of the Giza plateau - or any others in Egypt - were built by slave labor nor is there any evidence to support a historical reading of the biblical Book of Exodus.
Most reputable scholars today reject the claim that the pyramids and other monuments were built by slave labor although slaves of different nationalities certainly did exist in Egypt and were employed regularly in the mines. Egyptian monuments were considered public works created for the state and used both skilled and unskilled Egyptian workers in construction, all of whom were paid for their labor.
Workers at the Giza site, which was only one of many, were given a ration of beer three times a day and their housing, tools, and even their level of health care have all been clearly established. The era known as The First Intermediate Period BCE saw a decline in the power of the central government following its collapse.
Largely independent districts with their own governors developed throughout Egypt until two great centers emerged: These centers founded their own dynasties which ruled their regions independently and intermittently fought with each other for supreme control until c. The stability provided by Theban rule allowed for the flourishing of what is known as the Middle Kingdom BCE. The first standing army was created during the Middle Kingdom by the king Amenemhat I c. The 13th Dynasty, however, was weaker than the 12th and distracted by internal problems which allowed for a foriegn people known as the Hyksos to gain power in Lower Egypt around the Nile Delta.
While the names of the Hyksos kings are Semitic in origin, no definite ethnicity has been established for them. The Hyksos grew in power until they were able to take control of a significant portion of Lower Egypt by c. This era is known as The Second Intermediate Period c.
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Leonard, Eckley B. In , the Dinshaway Incident prompted many neutral Egyptians to join the nationalist movement. When the British exiled Zaghlul and his associates to Malta on 8 March , the country arose in its first modern revolution.
The revolt led the UK government to issue a unilateral declaration of Egypt's independence on 22 February The new government drafted and implemented a constitution in based on a parliamentary system. Saad Zaghlul was popularly elected as Prime Minister of Egypt in In , the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty was concluded. British military presence in Egypt lasted until Nasser assumed power as President in June British forces completed their withdrawal from the occupied Suez Canal Zone on 13 June The union was short-lived, ending in when Syria seceded, thus ending the union.
Three years later , President Nasser died and was succeeded by Anwar Sadat. He launched the Infitah economic reform policy, while clamping down on religious and secular opposition. It was an attempt to regain part of the Sinai territory that Israel had captured six years earlier.
Sadat hoped to seize some territory through military force, and then regain the rest of the peninsula by diplomacy. The second UN-mandated ceasefire halted military action. While the war ended with a military stalemate, it presented Sadat with a political victory that later allowed him to regain the Sinai in return for peace with Israel. Sadat made a historic visit to Israel in , which led to the peace treaty in exchange for Israeli withdrawal from Sinai. Sadat's initiative sparked enormous controversy in the Arab world and led to Egypt's expulsion from the Arab League , but it was supported by most Egyptians.
He was succeeded by Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak started many projects such as Cairo International Airport and the Cairo metro. In s, s, and s, terrorist attacks in Egypt became numerous and severe, and began to target Copts and foreign tourists as well as government officials. The s saw an Islamist group , al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya , engage in an extended campaign of violence, from the murders and attempted murders of prominent writers and intellectuals, to the repeated targeting of tourists and foreigners.
Serious damage was done to the largest sector of Egypt's economy—tourism  —and in turn to the government, but it also devastated the livelihoods of many of the people on whom the group depended for support. Victims of the campaign against the Egyptian state from — exceeded 1,  and included the head of the counter-terrorism police Major General Raouf Khayrat , a speaker of parliament Rifaat el-Mahgoub , dozens of European tourists and Egyptian bystanders, and over Egyptian police.
At times, travel by foreigners in parts of Upper Egypt was severely restricted and dangerous. On 17 November , 62 people, mostly tourists, were killed near Luxor.
The assailants trapped the people in the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. During this period, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya was given support by the governments of Iran and Sudan, as well as al-Qaeda.
In , the Kefaya "Egyptian Movement for Change" , was launched to oppose the Mubarak regime and to establish democratic reforms and greater civil liberties. On 25 January , widespread protests began against Mubarak's government. The objective of the protest was the removal of Mubarak from power. These took the form of an intensive campaign of civil resistance supported by a very large number of people and mainly consisting of continuous mass demonstrations.
By 29 January, it was becoming clear that Mubarak's government had lost control when a curfew order was ignored, and the army took a semi-neutral stance on enforcing the curfew decree. Some protesters, a very small minority in Cairo, expressed views against what they deemed was foreign interference, highlighted by the then-held view that the U.
On 11 February , Mubarak resigned and fled Cairo. Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Mubarak had stepped down and that the Egyptian military would assume control of the nation's affairs in the short term. On 13 February , the high level military command of Egypt announced that both the constitution and the parliament of Egypt had been dissolved. The parliamentary election was to be held in September. A constitutional referendum was held on 19 March On 28 November , Egypt held its first parliamentary election since the previous regime had been in power.
Turnout was high and there were no reports of violence, although members of some parties broke the ban on campaigning at polling places by handing out pamphlets and banners. The first round of a presidential election was held in Egypt on 23 and 24 May A second round was held on 16 and 17 June. On 24 June , the election commission announced that Mohamed Morsi had won the election, making him the first democratically elected president of Egypt.
According to official results, Morsi took On 8 July , Egypt's new president Mohamed Morsi announced he was overriding the military edict that dissolved the country's elected parliament and he called lawmakers back into session. On 10 July , the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt negated the decision by Morsi to call the nation's parliament back into session. On 22 November , Morsi issued a declaration immunizing his decrees from challenge and seeking to protect the work of the constituent assembly drafting the new constitution.
Additionally, the declaration authorizes Morsi to take any measures necessary to protect the revolution. Liberal and secular groups previously walked out of the constitutional constituent assembly because they believed that it would impose strict Islamic practices, while Muslim Brotherhood backers threw their support behind Morsi.
Protesters also clamored from coastal cities to desert towns. Morsi offered a "national dialogue" with opposition leaders but refused to cancel a 15 December vote on a draft constitution written by an Islamist-dominated assembly that has ignited two weeks of political unrest. It was signed into law by a presidential decree issued by Morsi on 26 December On 3 July , the constitution was suspended by order of the Egyptian army.
On 30 June , on the first anniversary of the election of Morsi, millions of protesters across Egypt took to the streets and demanded the immediate resignation of the president. On 1 July, the Egyptian Armed Forces issued a hour ultimatum that gave the country's political parties until 3 July to meet the demands of the Egyptian people.
The presidency rejected the Egyptian Army's hour ultimatum, vowing that the president would pursue his own plans for national reconciliation to resolve the political crisis. On 3 July, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi , head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, announced that he had removed Morsi from power, suspended the constitution and would be calling new presidential and Shura Council elections and named Supreme Constitutional Court 's leader, Adly Mansour as acting president.
Mansour was sworn in on 4 July After that, presidential and parliamentary elections have to be held in June On 24 March , Morsi's supporters were sentenced to death , while the trial of Morsi himself was still ongoing. On 28 April, another mass trial took place with Morsi supporters sentenced to death for killing 1 police officer.
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