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Egypt #3 - In Egyptian history dynasties form coherent...

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In Egyptian history dynasties form coherent lineage groups.  By the middle of the Old Kingdom, Egyptian pharaonic tombs had become major public centers.  Temples emphasize unity, but in Egypt the unity was formed from the national cult of the  pharaoh. This was indicated by the tens of thousands of people who worked on these building  projects.  Whole communities of priests, servants, soldiers, craft specialists etc lived and worked around  the mortuary temples of the pharaohs for the maintenance of the pharaoh’s cults.  Zoser’s tomb (the Step Pyramid) was surrounded by a buttressed wall.  The entire Step Pyramid complex was carved out of stone. Massive amounts of stone debris  around the site indicate that most of the carving was done in situ. Going through the front door led to a long hall of pillars. Each pillar was carved to look like a  drum. After the hall of pillars was a giant court which contained an empty mastaba and the  pyramid.  Egyptian architecture contained many false doors which were for use by the Ka. 
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course CLAR 120 taught by Professor Haggis during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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