|The Rise of Ancient Egypt|
Narmer Menes 3100 B.C.
A Brief Essay on the Birth of Egypt
Egypt is perhaps the most mystical and famed of all civilizations to ever take root on the Earth and probably had the most stable (yet isolated) existence of any culture on Earth. Egyptian history is fairly uneventful and dull until they dropped their xenophobic lifestyle around the 1460s with Queen Hatshepsut, sister of Thutmose III described in my article Empires of the Hittites, Hurrians, and Middle Egypt: Bronze Age Superpowers. Their overall stability most likely came from their desire for complete isolation and their pharaoh system of leadership, where the pharaohs were revered as gods in human flesh. Ancient Egypt itself was very nearly xenophobic, and they even believed that if they died outside of Egypt's borders they would not go to heaven with their Egyptian gods, so virtually no one ever left and little to no contact was ever maintained with other cultures. But what about the pharaohs? Well, the pharaohs began as a charade. Yes, you read that correctly. Around 3100 B.C. Egypt became what you know it to have been because a con-artist named Narmer Menes pretended to be a god. The story says that he learned how to measure the rising and falling of the mighty Nile River, the heart of Egypt and the cause of its wonderful soil and perfect crops.
|The Nile River Valley is the dark green|
strip. The river is mostly covered by
the lush plant life it provides from its waters.
The dark blue water to the right
is the Red Sea
|Depiction of Narmer|