Ancient Egypt

With a history stretching back to before 3000 BC, you cannot study the ancient world without taking Egypt into account. Ancient Egyptian history is divided into a number of periods in which the realm was united under a single monarch (e.g. the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and New Kingdom), divided by so-called “Intermediate Periods” during which the country was politically divided.

Inside the Red Pyramid at Dashur

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Inside the Red Pyramid at Dashur

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The Red Pyramid is one of the pyramids constructed by King Sneferu (ca. 2600 BC), located at Dashur. In ancient times, Dashur was the location of an ancient necropolis.

A man and his Adam’s apple

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A man and his Adam’s apple

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An Egyptian portrait currently in the British Museum is noteworthy for its depiction of a prominent Adam’s apple.

The Egyptian sphinx

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The Egyptian sphinx

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In ancient Egypt, the sphinx was a mythical creature associated with kings, as well as divinities (in particular the sun god).