Interesting Facts about Ancient Egypt

"There is but little room for doubt that Egypt led the way in the creation of the earliest known group of civilizations which arose on both sides of the land bridge between Africa and Eurasia in the fourth millennium B.C. "

- James H. Breasted

Look around you and you'll witness examples of ancient Egyptian inventions.

Many of today's household objects were invented or used by the ancient Egyptians, including the lock and keys, combs, scissors, wigs, makeup, deodorants, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Some other interesting facts about Ancient Egypt and their amazing feats:

Egyptians were among the very first people to invent writing, along with ink and paper.

Ancient Egyptians were the first holistic health practitioners. They treated the whole person, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Remedies ranged from herbal and magic medicine to surgery.They prescribed contraceptives, performed circumsicions and conducted pregnancy tests. The practice of mummification made them excel in Anatomy.

Ancient Egyptians knew how to cure meat and preserve food using natron, sodium bicarbonate, also used in the mummification process.

The 365 days calendar and the 24-Hour division of the day are Egyptian inventions.

Egyptians invented the art of painting on plaster.

Cement was first invented by the Egyptians.

Ancient Egyptians devised irrigation systems, reservoirs and ways of measuring the flood levels. These are called nilometers and several are located along monuments close to the river banks. Tourists can see one of these nilometers in the Elephantine island in Aswan.

The Egyptians did not invent beer, but left us with the best documentation of ancient brewing practices.

In the Valley of the Kings there is ample testimony of the ancient Egyptians ability to dig complex structures.

Egyptian workers organized the first known labor strike.

The first written international peace treaty happened between Ramses the Second of Egypt and Hattusili III of the Hittite empire.

Pharaoh Akhenaten established the first official monotheistic religious state.

Egypt was first to create glass and faience objects.

The Egyptian game of Senet is one of the world's oldest known board games.

The earliest known wine cellars were discovered in Egypt.

Ancient Egyptian mathematicians delved in equation solutions, geometric series, fractions and the decimal system.

After witnessing these interesting facts about Egypt, isn't it truly amazing how a culture going so far back in time still influences our way of life today?

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