Ch 2: Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt

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These useful study resources are designed to help you quickly review the history of the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt. The chapter's short lessons and quizzes can function as effective test prep materials and homework help tools.

Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt - Chapter Summary

Study the history of ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom with this helpful collection of lessons and quizzes. Our expert history instructors walk you through this era of history and outline topics such as the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, the First and Second Intermediate Period, the periods' pharaohs and more. After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand how Upper and Lower Egypt became unified
  • Outline the developments that occurred during Egypt's Early Dynastic Period
  • Summarize the historical timeline of Egypt's Old Kingdom, as well as its Second Intermediate Period
  • Evaluate the geography, environment, developments and achievements of Old Kingdom Egypt
  • Name the pharaohs that ruled during Egypt's First Intermediate Period

To supplement your studying experience and help you retain these historical topics, we've included interactive lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam. If you need to revisit a lesson, you can easily find and navigate to it from your course Dashboard. Work through the chapter at your own pace and feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt
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The Unification of Upper & Lower Egypt

1. The Unification of Upper & Lower Egypt

Before there was a single Egypt, there were Upper and Lower kingdoms. The unification of these kingdoms started the true era of ancient Egyptian history, and in this lesson we'll talk about what we know about this, as well as what we don't.

Early Dynastic Period of Ancient Egypt

2. Early Dynastic Period of Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians lived in one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, but how did this happen? In this lesson, explore the origins of Egyptian civilization, and see how it paved the way for a mighty empire to arise.

Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: Timeline & Facts

3. Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: Timeline & Facts

The Old Kingdom, from ca. 2649-2150 BCE, saw Ancient Egypt ruled by a strong, centralized government. The pyramids at Giza, built during the Old Kingdom, are a visible indicator of the strength of the pharaoh. This lesson offers a timeline and major cultural developments of Old Kingdom history.

Old Kingdom Egypt: Geography & Environment

4. Old Kingdom Egypt: Geography & Environment

A lot changed for Egypt in the Old Kingdom, and this was made possible by the geography and environment of the region. In this lesson, we'll see how the land both helped and hindered Egyptian development, and explore the ways that the pharaohs sought to use their lands.

Egyptian Development & Achievements: 2686-2160 BCE

5. Egyptian Development & Achievements: 2686-2160 BCE

The third millennium BCE saw the rise of Egypt as an increasingly prosperous unified state under successive dynasties. This lesson examines the developments of this Old Kingdom period, covering politics, architecture, trade, and religion.

Egypt's First Intermediate Period: Timeline & Pharaohs

6. Egypt's First Intermediate Period: Timeline & Pharaohs

Ancient Egypt is often remembered for advanced civilization and powerful pharaohs who ruled with absolute power. In this lesson, we'll examine a time when this wasn't quite the case.

Timeline of Egypt's Second Intermediate Period

7. Timeline of Egypt's Second Intermediate Period

Ancient Egypt covers a 3,000-year period of wealth and power. At least, most of it does. In this lesson, we'll look at one of the periods of major instability as Egyptian pharaohs were replaced by foreign conquerors.

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