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When was the Egyptian calendar made?

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When was the Egyptian calendar made?

The Egyptian Calendar:

The Egyptian calendar was a great influence on other calendars that came after. The Egyptian's vast knowledge of astronomy and mathematics made their calendar very accurate. As a result, Julius Caesar consulted Egyptian scholars when designing the Julian calendar.

Answer and Explanation:

The Egyptian calendar, also known as the Egyptian civil calendar, was developed sometime around 2500 B.C.E. during the Old Kingdom period. The calendar developed out of a previous lunar calendar that had been used since at least 3000 B.C.E. The Egyptian calendar was a solar calendar that had a standard 360-day year. It had 12 months, as is common in lunar calendars. It also had 5 intercalary days that fell outside the normal 12 months. The Egyptian calendar began to fall out of use around 300 B.C.E. when the Greek calendar was introduced. It further fell out of use after 30 B.C.E. when Rome conquered Egypt.


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Egyptian Achievements: Unification, Pyramids, Hieroglyphics & Calendar

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In this lesson, we will discuss some of the major achievements of ancient Egypt, including its unification by King Menes, the pyramids, hieroglyphics, and the Egyptian calendar.


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