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Title: World History CH 2

World History CH 2
  • Section 1 Ancient Kingdoms of the Nile

The land Its Geography and its Importance
  • Egypt Lies in North Africa with the Mediterranean
    Sea to the North and the Red sea to the East
  • Today Desert covers most of Egypt.
  • In Ancient times, however, the landscape was much
  • 12,000 years ago the area was covered in
    swampland, that supported a large variety of
  • The most dominate feature of Egypt has been the
    Nile for more than 5,000 years

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The world and Africa
The Nile River
  • The nile river is the longest river in the world
    stretching 4,160 and it flows South to North
  • During the ancient times the Nile was broken by
    six great cataracts, or rapids.
  • These Cataracts were difficult if not impossible
    to navigate and flowed through channels of cut
    out rock

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The Nile River Continued
  • The Ancient Egyptian Civilization was built
    between the Nile Delta and the First great
  • The Flow of the Nile South to North made it
    possible to move goods upland
  • The Winds from the north made it possible to move
    goods up river inland using sails
  • The Egyptian farmers planed their work around
    the annual summer flooding of the Nile
  • They would harvest their crops before the floods
    came and the floods left fertile soil behind
  • They would dig canals to carry water to their
    fields and they were able to grow several crops a

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Other Natural Advantages
  • The ability to travel both ways on the Nile was
    what allowed upper and lower Egypt to unite into
    one kingdom
  • The Valleys location also gave the advantage of
    geographic Isolation
  • With the Mediterranean to the North and the Red
    sea to the East and desert to the West they were
    naturally protected from invasion
  • The only way into Egypt was through the Isthmus
    of Suez in the North East
  • This land bridge allowed for a trade route and
    exchange of ideas between Africa and Asia

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Early steps toward civilization
  • By 12,000 BC the hunter-gatherers had moved into
    the Nile river valley
  • By 3,800 BC they had started to mine Copper, to
    make tools and jewelry, and mix with tin to make
  • They had also learned to glaze pottery
  • By 3,000 BC they had developed a form of writing
    called Hieroglyphics using 600 signs or symbols
  • At first they carved these pictures into stone
    but later developed paper from the Papyrus plant
  • They sliced the stem of the plant into long thin
    strips and pressed them together making sheets of

  • Hieroglyphics were finally translated when in the
    1800s the French Army found the Rosetta Stone
  • the Rosetta stone is a stone with three
    different languages carved into it
  • Each passage says the same thing once in
    hieroglyphics, once in Greek and once in an
    Egyptian writing called demotic
  • They used the Greek text to decode the
    hieroglyphics and figure out how to decode all
    other hieroglyphics

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The Egyptian Kingdoms
  • Over the centuries two distinct cultures
    developed along the Nile river
  • They formed two distinct kingdoms. Lower Egypt in
    the North and Upper Egypt in the South
  • Sometime after 3200 BC the two kingdoms were
    united under King Menes
  • King Menes founded a dynasty, or family of rulers
  • Menes and his successors gained new land and
    improved irrigation and trade, making Egypt
  • They were considered political and religious
    leaders and built temples and tombs in their honor

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  • The kings of the Egypt took the title of Pharaoh
    which means great house
  • These Pharaohs held absolute power and were also
    judges, high priests, and generals of the armies
  • From the time of King Menes to almost 300 BC some
    30 dynasties ruled Egypt
  • This time span is divided into three Kingdoms
  • The Old Kingdom
  • The Middle Kingdom
  • The New Kingdom

The Old Kingdom
  • This existed from 2600 BC to 2180 BC
  • Many developments in science and art took place
    during this time
  • They Egyptians of the old kingdom built the Great
    Sphinx and the largest of the pyramids
  • The society was split into two classes
  • The Lower classes were peasants and farmers who
    served in the army and worked on building
  • They made the Pyramids (not slaves) and canals
    for the crops

Built in the old kingdom
  • The upper class included the Pharaoh, the royal
    family, priests, scribes, and Govt Officials
  • The upper class gradually became a small but
    powerful hereditary group of nobles
  • Toward the end the Pharaohs became weaker and
    the nobles stronger
  • For more than 100 years after the fall of the Old
    Kingdom there were civil wars dividing Egypt
  • Rivals fought for control of the land

The Middle Kingdom
  • The Middle Kingdom began in 2050 BC when a new
    line of Pharaohs reunited Egypt
  • This new era was the golden age for Egypt
    marked by stability and prosperity
  • However at this time the nobles and the priests
    were weakening the power of the Pharaoh
  • Around 1780 a people called the Hyksos came in
    and were able to take over using the Chariot and
    compound bow
  • The Hyksos were able to take over but there is
    little evidence of how they did and weather or
    not they were violent, but they did rule for more
    than 100 years

Pyramids of the middle kingdom
The Hyksos
  • Little is known about the Hyksos which means
    outsiders and they remained outsiders
  • Some Historians think that they were brutal and
    destroyed the cities of Egypt
  • Others think that they were able to take over
    with their superior technology but were fair to
    the conquered Egyptians
  • This invasion and 100 year occupation by these
    outside forces led to the second intermediate
    period and The New Kingdom

The Hyksos, chariot, and bow
The New Kingdom
  • Eventually the leaders in upper Egypt drove the
    Hyksos out of the country and a line of strong
    pharaohs united Egypt
  • This new ruling group ran Egypt out of Thebes and
    Pharaohs ruled with absolute power
  • These new Pharaohs used the technology of the
    Chariot to create a strong army and conquered
    land in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Egyptian became an empire which when weaker
    Pharaohs ruled, the conquered lands tried to
    break away

The New Kingdom Continued
  • One of the New Kingdom rulers was Hatshepsut one
    of the first ever known Female rulers
  • She reigned as Co-Pharaoh from 1503 BC to 1482 BC
    with her stepson Thutmose III
  • Hatshepsut was a strong ruler who kept Egypt's
    borders secure and built trade with other
  • She was able to rule due to Thutmose IIs Skin
    disease leading to his death before Thutmose III
    was of age to rule allowing Hatshepsut to rule in
    his stead
  • From 1380 to 1362 BC Amenhotep IV Ruled Egypt and
    tried to bring Social and Religious changes

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Hatshepsuts Temple
Amenhotep IV
  • Before Amenhotep the Egyptians were polytheistic
    meaning that they believed in many different gods
  • Amenhotep believed in only one god or
  • The one god that he believed in was the sun god
    Aton and in recognition of Aton, Amenhotep
    changed his name to Akhenaton or he who is
    pleasing to Aton
  • This caused struggle with the priests who did not
    like their decreased role and decreased wealth
  • He was unable to change his peoples religious
    beliefs and after his death the priests were able
    to take control back and reestablish polytheism

Egypts Decline
  • After the death of Akhenaton few strong Pharaohs
    ruled Egypt
  • Ramses II was one of those leaders who kept the
    empire together and ordered the construction of
    temples and monuments
  • A series of invasions including the Assyrians and
    the Nubians led to the downfall of the Egyptian
    imperial power
  • By the 300s BC the rule of Egypt by Egyptians
    came to an end

The Great Temple of Ramses II
  • What Direction does the Nile river flow?
  • What made it possible to move goods up river?
  • Why did geographic isolation benefit the
  • Why were we eventually able to read
  • Name the outside invaders that came in and took
    over Egypt for a while.
  • What was special about Hatshepsut?

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