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Ancient Egyptian Culture & Structures - Chapter Summary
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- Describe the geography of the early settlements of Kush, Canaan and Egypt
- Outline Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
- Detail the structure of the Egyptian pyramids
- Identify the meaning and symbols of Ancient Egyptian art
- Explain the characteristics and influences of Ancient Egyptian architecture
- Explore Egyptian trade in the Nile Valley and Eastern Mediterranean
- Outline the Egyptian social structure
- Detail the accomplishments of Akhenaten and Queen Hatshepusut
- Give some facts and information about the death of Ramses II
- Identify the location of the Valley of the Kings
- Explain the Kush civilization
1. The Ancient Nile Valley: Civilizations, Region & Facts
In this lesson, we explore the ancient Nile Valley and the Nile River, which is its lifeline. Arguably the longest river in the world, the Nile supported some of humankind's first complex civilizations.
2. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.
3. Egyptian Pyramids: Definition, Facts & Structure
In this lesson, we will discuss the construction of the Egyptian pyramids. Learn about the evolution of pyramids from underground tombs to the true pyramid form.
4. Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Definition, Meaning & Symbols
The Egyptian language, written in hieroglyphs, is fascinating. In this lesson we'll learn about the history and evolution of the language, about the writing system and how it works, and when and how the language was deciphered.
5. 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.
6. Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley
Learn how Egypt used its many ports to grow its economy and how it traded for the goods that the Ancient World couldn't get enough of in this lesson. Then, test your knowledge with a short quiz.
7. Egyptian Social Structure: From Slaves to Pharaoh
In this lesson, we will explore ancient Egypt's social structure. We'll start at the top of this great pyramid with the Pharaoh and work our way to the bottom, where we'll find peasants and slaves.
8. The Reign of Akhenaten: Accomplishments & Contributions
In this lesson we explore the reign of Akhenaten, the religiously zealous son of Amenhotep III who tried to initiate a profound shift in Egyptian religion, culture, and governance. We also examine his actions in foreign policy and the changes in Egyptian art during his reign.
9. Queen Hatshepsut: Facts, Accomplishments & Death
Explore the life and accomplishment of the Pharaoh-Queen Hatshepsut and test your understanding about Ancient Egypt, the pharaohs, and the development of the Ancient World in this lesson.
10. Ramses II: Facts, Accomplishments & Death
Ancient Egypt had its fair share of mighty rulers, but few were as powerful as Ramses II. In this lesson, we're going to explore this pharaoh's life, death, and legacy and see how he impacted the ancient world.
11. 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.
12. What Is the Kush Civilization?
While they may not get all the attention of other Egyptian neighbors, such as the Persians or Hittites, the Kush were a major factor in many of Egypt's decisions, both regarding trade and warfare. Learn about the Kush in this lesson.
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