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Alyssa Miller

Ms. Crank-Lewis

September 10, 2014

Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval Times

When you think of a flood, you think of tragedy, destruction, and chaos. What wouldn't cross your mind is if there was no flood, there'd be no life. Surprising isn't it? In ancient Egypt, the flood was an annual blessing. Though many were left homeless, at least they would have a way to start over. Without it, they wouldn't be able to have a place called home.

Ancient Egypt was located along the Nile. The Nile river coursed northward in Africa for thousands of miles. "About 100 miles before it empties into the Mediterranean, the river splits into two major branches, forming the delta (Spielvogel 17)." This is where Egypt flourished. Cities were being built on either side of the river. The river also included natural barriers alongside of the ones built to protect each empire.

Within the walls of Egypt, life there was more or less a normal life.

You have different classes built within: the royal family, priests/priestesses, wealthy nobility, scribes/ merchant/ artisans/ officials, peasant farmers, (after 1570) warrior class, slaves. Within each class lie different rules of living. Each one had a specific duty to it, and without it, chaos would erupt.

Royal Family:


Wealthy Nobility:

Scribes/ Merchants/ Artisans/ Officials:

Peasant Farmers:



The culture of Egypt astonished the conquerors that came later down the line. The advancement of technology alone was enough to demonstrate the power that they had.