Interesting facts you might not know about Egypt

There are so many unknown facts about Egypt that many people never heard about it. So here are just a few that would interest you:

  • Pharaoh Pepi II (2246-2152 B.C.) had the longest reign in history- 94 years. He became Egypt’s king when he was only 6 years old.
  • The famous Great Pyramid at Giza was built as a burial place for King Khufu (2589-2566 B.C.). It took more than 20 years to build. Built from over two million blocks of limestone with each one weighing as much as two and a half elephants. It stands around 460 feet (149 m) high – taller than the Statue of Liberty. The base of the Great Pyramid takes up almost as much space as five football fields.
  • The oldest dress in the world comes from Egypt. It is 5,000 years old.
  • In ancient Egypt, children were considered a blessing. The Greeks, who sometimes left unwanted infants (most often girls) outdoors to die, were shocked to discover that the Egyptians did not.

  •  The oldest surviving work about mathematics was written by the ancient Egyptian scribe Ahmes around 1650 B.C. Found on the Rhine Mathematical Papyrus, it is titled “The Entrance into the Knowledge of All Existing Things and All Obscure Secrets.
  • The ancient Egyptians were the first people to have a year consisting of 365 days divided into 12 months. They also invented clocks.
  • Hieroglyphs were developed around 3,000 B.C. They were thought to of started as early wall paintings.  In contrast to English’s 26 letters, there are more than 700 different Egyptian hieroglyphs.

  • Egypt’s first pyramid was a step pyramid built by famed Egyptian architect Imhotep. Built for the pharaoh Djoser in 2600 B.C.
  • The first pharaoh of Egypt is considered to be King Menes. He united the Upper and Lower Kingdoms in 3150 B.C.  He named the capital of the united lands Memphis, which means “Balance of Two Lands.” Legend says he ruled for 60 years until he was killed by a hippopotamus.
  •  As previously mentioned; The Egyptian polymath Imhotep (“the one who comes in peace”) is known as the first physician, the first engineer, and the first architect.
  •  The quality in people that ancient Egyptians valued most was called ‘Ma’at’; which means good behaviour, honesty, and justice.
  •  Ma’at is also the name of the Goddess of Truth who, according to myth, weighs every Egyptian heart after death.

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