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History__2 - Pyramid Age •(through 6th dynasty i(1st...

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Rivers/cities/territorial states: chapt 2 cont. Ancient Egypt i Nile: predictable (except Blue Nile) Not much usable land much away from river North= Lower Egypt South= Upper Egypt i Kings= Pharaohs (gods) Task to bring stability (“shepherds”), and act like god i Self-contained/ self-sufficient culture for years: 31 Dynasties Old Kingdom i Academic divisions: 3 Periods Old Kingdom (around 2649-2152 BC) Middle Kingdom (2040-1640 BC) New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC) i In Between these: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Intermediate Periods (central authority breakdown) i Old Kingdom:
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Unformatted text preview: Pyramid Age • (through 6th dynasty) i (1st Dynasty: 3200-3000 BC= Narmer) i 3rd Dynasty (2649-2575 BC): • Foundational period/template of Old Kingdom • Pharaoh as god: i Presented self as god through impressive architectural spaces and priestly rituals i King Djoser (2630-2611 BC) 2nd king of this 3rd dynasty= new burial monuments: i “Mustaba”/ Flat structure transformed into step pyramid (by Imhotep) i Ritual of death leading to everlasting life i Life-force (ka) i (Mummification probably around 2400 BC)...
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