- One of the most powerful and long lasting civilizations was Egypt. Ruling from around 3000 BC to 1000BC, and divided into the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms of the ancient world. They were a farming community relying heavily on the annual flooding of the Nile. The Egyptians were a polytheist culture. Meaning they worshiped more than one god. These gods were in human and animal forms, sometimes a combination of both. A Pharaoh who had total power and was said to be able to communicate with the gods ruled them. The after life played a large roll in there civilization. They constructed lavish tombs for there dead, mainly Pharaohs and people wealthy enough to afford them. Inside this tombs were frescos lining the walls and everything one needed to take with them in the after life.
- At the same time as the Egyptian culture was flourishing a counter Aegean Culture was flourishing in the Aegean Sea.
They were accomplished sailors, fisherman and traders. These cultures were also thought to be a very peaceful civilization. Focusing more energy in art and pleasant pastime actives such as theater, then in war. The Cycladic civilization has much less knowledge of their daily activities and religion because there is no writing system found to record the daily life. This Civilization was considered prehistoric because the absence of writing. Much of the written information we do have comes from the Minoan Civilization; it focused on the record keeping with trade. The Minoans were very good business people.
Nebamun hunting birds, is a fresco secco. This scene depicts King Nebamun out bird hunting with his wife and daughter. Pheasants, fish and plants surround them. The King is the center and largest person in the fresco; his wife and daughter are much smaller in size.