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Ch 5: Ancient Egyptian Culture & Customs

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Review the fascinating culture and customs found in Ancient Egypt with this engaging chapter. If you're preparing for an upcoming exam or test, use the video and text lessons and quizzes in this chapter as a mobile-friendly, flexible study guide you can access anywhere.

Ancient Egyptian Culture & Customs - Chapter Summary

Our interesting chapter explores ancient Egyptian culture, customs and religious practices, including the Egyptian Valley of the Kings, the ancient Egyptians' beliefs about the afterlife and the gods and goddesses revered in Egyptian mythology. You can learn more about the architectural wonders left behind by the ancient Egyptians, including the pyramids, statues and temples, as well as the major architectural styles employed by the Egyptians. Special lessons cover the famed Pyramids of Giza and the Luxor Temple. You'll also examine the everyday lives and leisure activities of the ancient Egyptians.

Once this chapter is complete, you will understand how to do the following:

  • Identify some of the famous tombs and temples of the New Kingdom
  • Describe the history of the workers' strikes, corruption and tomb robberies of the New Kingdom
  • Detail the history of Egyptian art
  • Explain the changes made during Egypt's Amama Period
  • Discuss some of the most important Ancient Egyptian literature
  • Outline the Beautiful Feast of the Valley festival
  • Identify why mummification and body preservation were used by the Ancient Egyptians
  • Describe how the architecture of Ancient Egypt was influenced by the Egyptians' funerary beliefs

Our short, professionally-created video and text lessons make even the toughest and most challenging topics approachable. Before or after you've read the lessons, our multiple-choice quizzes can help you focus your study. If any of the lessons become too complicated, simply contact an instructor for help.

15 Lessons in Chapter 5: Ancient Egyptian Culture & Customs
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The Valley of the Kings: Tombs, Facts & Location

1. The Valley of the Kings: Tombs, Facts & Location

This lesson explores the Egyptian Valley of the Kings. Get a glimpse into Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife while discovering some of the famous pharaohs, like King Tut, buried within the valley.

Ancient Egyptian Architecture: History, Characteristics & Influences

2. Ancient Egyptian Architecture: History, Characteristics & Influences

This lesson explores the architectural wonders of ancient Egypt. Some of these structures include temples, pyramids and monumental statues constructed long ago and surviving into modern times.

Ancient Egyptian Buildings: Old, Middle & New Kingdoms

3. Ancient Egyptian Buildings: Old, Middle & New Kingdoms

In this lesson, you will explore the architectural styles of the three most powerful periods of Ancient Egypt. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Temples & Tombs of New Kingdom Egypt

4. Temples & Tombs of New Kingdom Egypt

Some of Egypt's greatest architectural wonders were buildings to house the dead. In this lesson, we're going to explore the temples and tombs of the New Kingdom and see how they reflected Egyptian life.

Strikes, Tomb Robberies & Corruption in Ancient Egypt

5. Strikes, Tomb Robberies & Corruption in Ancient Egypt

Key to the culture of the Ancient Egyptians was the concept of ma'at, or a sense of harmony. Despite the focus on harmony and balance, however, the Ancient Egypt still had labor strikes, tomb robbers, and corruption.

Pyramids of Giza: History, Facts & Location

6. Pyramids of Giza: History, Facts & Location

The Pyramids of Giza are one of the most famous monuments in the world. In this lesson, learn how, when and why the famous pyramids were built and their significance to Egyptian history.

The Luxor Temple in Egypt: Facts & Overview

7. The Luxor Temple in Egypt: Facts & Overview

The Luxor Temple was a religious temple complex built in honor of the Egyptian god Amon-Ra. Learn the features of the Egyptian temples by exploring the design of the Luxor Temple.

Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

8. Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

This lesson provides a brief look at the exquisite art of the Ancient Egyptians. Egyptian art contains images of people and deities that represent the culture in which they lived.

Amarna Period: Definition & Art

9. Amarna Period: Definition & Art

In this lesson, you'll read about Egypt's Amarna Period, during which the pharaoh, Akhenaten, made revolutionary changes to Egyptian religion, art, and society, including moving the capital to a new city, Akhetaten (near the modern town of Amarna).

Ancient Egyptian Literature of the Old Kingdom

10. Ancient Egyptian Literature of the Old Kingdom

This lesson explores two works of ancient Egyptian literature from the Old Kingdom: the ''Westcar Papyrus'' and the ''Instructions of Ptahhotep.'' We will learn about kingdoms and dynasties, and hieroglyphics and papyrus through these magical tales.

Ancient Egyptian Literature of the New Kingdom

11. Ancient Egyptian Literature of the New Kingdom

In this lesson, we will explore examples of literature from ancient Egypt's New Kingdom. We'll learn about key works representative of two types of literature that matured during this period: educational texts and tales for entertainment.

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

12. Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

In this lesson, you'll learn about the daily life of Ancient Egyptians, including their diet, clothing, home life, jobs, and leisure activities. You'll also learn how and why their lives changed during the periods known as the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms, which lasted from about 2715-1069 BCE.

Ancient Egyptian Festivals: History & Traditions

13. Ancient Egyptian Festivals: History & Traditions

Ancient Egyptian civilization was focused on more than just building pyramids. They also liked to party. In this lesson, we'll check out some major Egyptian festivals and see what they meant to the people of ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt's Cult of the Dead: Burials & the Afterlife

14. Ancient Egypt's Cult of the Dead: Burials & the Afterlife

Ancient Egyptians believed in preserving the body after death for the purposes of a happy afterlife. In this lesson, learn about the funeral practices and rituals of Ancient Egypt, including mummification.

Funerary Beliefs, Practices & Temples in Ancient Egypt

15. Funerary Beliefs, Practices & Temples in Ancient Egypt

In this lesson, you will explore the religious and funerary practices of the ancient Egyptians and discover how their architecture was influenced by these beliefs. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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