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Ancient Egyptian Economy & Society - Chapter Summary
This in-depth exploration of Ancient Egypt's economy and society can help you better understand the trade and social structure of Old and New Kingdom Egypt. Study the era of Ramesside imperialism, the concept of ma'at, the impact of the Nile on civilization and more. Completing this chapter should enable you to:
- Discuss foreign policy, wars and diplomacy during the era of Ramesside imperialism
- Describe Egyptian trade in the Nile Valley and Eastern Mediterranean
- Explain how the Nile impacted the development of Egyptian civilization
- Detail the basics of bartering, taxation and trade in Ancient Egypt's economy
- Share facts about agriculture, crafts, industry and technology in Ancient Egypt
- Define ma'at and discuss how Egyptians used it as their ethical and moral principle
- Provide details about Egypt's social structure and the rights and privileges of women
Absorb information about Ancient Egypt's economy and society at a pace that suits your learning needs and schedule. The lessons in this chapter are available around-the-clock; view them using any computer or mobile device that has access to the Internet. When ready, test your comprehension of the lessons you review by taking their multiple-choice quizzes. If you have questions about specific lesson topics, be sure to send them to our experts.
1. Ramesside Imperialism: Foreign Policy, Wars & Diplomacy
Ancient Egypt is remembered as a place of great warrior-kings, but why is that? In this lesson, we'll see how Ramesside Imperialism helped define this legacy.
2. 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.
3. The Nile's Impact on the Development of Egyptian Civilization
This lesson explores the impact of the Nile on the rise of Egyptian civilization, including its influence on agriculture, transportation, protection, politics and culture.
4. Ancient Egyptian Economy: Barter, Taxation & Trade
In this lesson we discover key parts of the ancient Egyptian economy. This includes its trading practices, tax system, and the measurements it used instead of currency.
5. Agriculture in Ancient Egypt
In 3100 BCE, two kingdoms came together to form a powerful and unified group, the Egyptian Empire. This group created an extensive irrigation system that allowed them to harness the flooding of the Nile River and create an abundance of food for their growing empire.
6. Ma'at: Definition & Principles in Ancient Egypt
Ma'at was not just an Egyptian goddess, but an embodiment of the standards of order, morality, and balance, which were of utmost importance to the structure and functioning of Egyptian society. Learn more about her in this lesson.
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. Egyptian Women: Royalty, Privileges & Tradition
In this lesson, we will study ancient Egyptian women. We will focus especially on the rights and privileges they enjoyed in the legal, economic, and social realms, and we will meet Egypt's most famous female ruler.
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