Ancient Pharaoh Essay - Evaluate the contributions and impact of at least two Egyptian rulers in the Unification to the First Intermediate Period

Ancient Pharaoh Essay - Evaluate the contributions and...

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Evaluate the contributions and impact of at least two Egyptian rulers in the Unification to the First Intermediate Period Throughout the antiquity of Ancient Egypt, Pharaohs have been the fundamental authority and necessity for the Egyptian people, especially during the period between the Unification of Egypt to the First Intermediate Period. Pharaohs were political and religious leaders, believed to be a deity on Earth. A Pharaoh would be the link between the people to the Egyptian gods. Their duty was to appease the gods and “the chief responsibility of the Pharaoh was to maintain Universal Harmony, in the country” says Historian Joshua Mark. Kings Narmer (~3150 BCE - ~3100 BCE) and Djoser (~2670 BCE - ~2650 BCE), as claimed by most historians, were among the most significant rulers of the early dynastic period. The contribution and impact these two Kings made during the period between Unification to the First Intermediate Period are prodigiously revolutionary. Due to the efforts and achievements of these two Pharaohs, Ancient Egypt was able to develop into a prosperous and powerful nation. Narmer, assumed to be King Menes was the Pharaoh widely agreed by historians to be the unifier of Upper and Lower Egypt. The southern king, believed to be from Thinis, married, Princess Neithotep of Naqada, to strengthen ties between Upper and Lower Egypt. Neithotep’s status and title was the “Foremost of Women”. A wedding is depicted in the “Narmer Mace head” as a Princess being presented to a King to be his bride. Furthermore, historian Flinders Petrie believes this scene depicts this wedding to be the political marriage between Narmer and Neithotep to seal the union between the two parts of the country. The Narmer Palette found in Kierakonpolis depicts the first King of the Dynastical Period as Narmer. This Palette shows Narmer as a powerful and conquering king. One scene shows the King holding an enemy by the hair, ready to bludgeon him to death. Another scene at the bottom of the Palette shows a powerful bull destroying a walled and fortified city. As Pharaohs are referred to as strong

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