Egypt is home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth, and has played an important role in shaping Western culture. From pyramids to tombs, this land has a rich history that many people are unaware of. This blog post will explore some lesser-known facts about Egypt’s ancient past!
Before we start exploring the ancient history of Egypt, at this point you should know about a document that along with a valid passport may be necessary to make your Egyptian trip possible. Namely, a visa to Egypt. Since 2017, when the Egyptian government introduced the system of electronic visas, getting this entry permit is even easier for citizens of several countries. Check if your country is eligible for e-Visa to Egypt here: visa-for-egypt.com.
Let’s find out then most interesting and surprising fact about the Egyptian civilization.
1. Cleopatra was of Greek Macedonians descent
Though Cleopatra was born in Alexandria, it is actually the Greek Macedonians who make up her bloodline. The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt for about 300 years and most leaders were still largely Greeks when they took over; this includes Cleopatra herself – before she became famous as one of ancient history’s greatest rulers with an Egyptian name.
2. Women in ancient Egypt had many rights
The women of ancient Egypt were officially seen as inferior to men, but they enjoyed a great deal of independence. They could buy and sell property, serve on juries for cases involving theft or murder charges , make wills that would be effective if their husbands died while the wife still lived at home with him/her – even enter into legal contracts which involved marriage! Unlike many other cultures’ views about how woman should behave in relation towards male figures (e .g.: antiquity Greece), Egyptian females had rights like divorce-and remarriage just so long as it was agreed upon beforehand by both sides
3. It was not slaves who built Egyptian pyramids
The ancient Egyptians likely didn’t take their jobs as builders of the pyramids lightly. The life of an Egyptian pyramid builder was hard; they often dealt with ailments like arthritis and other injuries on-site due to its physical nature, even though there is evidence suggesting these temporary hands might have been paid laborers who mixed skilled artisans into projects for certain periods before being reassigned again once finished work began at another location close by or if someone better qualified came around looking for it themselves (namely royals).
4. Not all Egyptians were mummified
The mummy – an eviscerated, dried and bandaged corpse that has been the defining symbol of ancient Egypt for millennia – was reserved only to those with enough money. Mummification was a time-consuming process which required gold or other precious materials as well as hard labour from trained embalmers; it could not be done at home because there wasn’t really any way around death back then! These mummies tell us so much about their culture: what they wore during life (clothing), how long ago people lived together before getting married or starting families, etc.
5. Egyptians brought food to the tombs
The ancient Egyptians were a society that worshiped death, believing it to be the only way for their souls to move on. Mummies have been found with markings on them from those who had visited after them in order leave offerings of food or clothing as well as offering prayer candles so they could continue living on through these items themselves- all this despite knowing what happened next!
The Egyptians celebrated death and renewal with an annual festival called the ‘feast of the valley’. During this time, families would spend their nights in tombs celebrating reunion as they partook food offered by spirits who spiritually consumed it to them years ago before taking physical form on earth again at nightfall; drinking while torchlight lit up dark chambers filled only by joyous sounds – singing together was not uncommon either!
6. Hippos weren’t well-liked in ancient Egypt
For ancient Egyptians, a hippopotamus was more dangerous than even crocodiles. Herodotus wrote that they would sometimes capsize boats on the Nile River and swim up to sit beside them ferociously slavering for blood whilst knock their teeth at all who pass by. In King Tutankhamun’s tomb there are several paintings showing him throwing harpoons with great accuracy towards these terrible creatures… So maybe while we can’t be sure exactly how he met his fate (some say poisoned palm oil while others contend an accident) one thing is certain: should you ever come across this elusive feline in retaliation be careful!
7. Egyptian men wore makeup
The ancient Egyptians were no strangers to vanity. For men and women alike, the belief in an afterlife led them not just toward physical beauty but also elaborate cosmetic routines that would assure their safety on earth–whether they had lived happily or died unfortunate deaths. The kohl-eyed god Horus was often worshiped by those who longed for life after death; while Ra’s protection offered at temples across Egypt kept his people safe day in and day out.
So there you have it! A quick rundown of the top facts about Egypt. We hope that this article has given you some new insight into this ancient land, and encouraged your travel plans to explore more of what Egypt has to offer. Do not forget to arrange all formalities before boarding the flight, like getting your visa!
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