Posted by: cjjj1 | September 10, 2008

Ancient Egypt: Engineering an Empire

By: Christavia Johnson&Jessica Jones

                

         About 5,000 years ago ancient Egypt was on the rise, of building up their empire. In this time they built the first known monolith, a geological feature such as a mountain consisting of a single massive stone or rock, or a single piece of rock placed as, or within, a monument. 

Every year around the same time rain flooded the the Nile which started in Ethiopia traveled down to every which way the Nile flowed and flooded everything in its path. As a result villages along side the river were washed away and people were killed, but Menes a pharaoh was a key part in the building of  Ancient Egypt. He was one of the first pharaohs of the first dynasty and ruled for about 62 years. A village located in Memphis Egypt housed the pharaoh Menes, who ordered his peoples to built the first made dam ever so that his village along side the Nile wouldn’t be flooded during this horrific time of the year. They used human labor not machines. Though in time this wall eventually collapsed, a neighbor 600 miles east in Sona tantra tried to achieve this amazing acomplishment but as in trail and error everything doesn’t go as planned. Menes eventually died after being mauled by a hippo.

In 2667 B.C. Djosher was the first pharaoh to become a god. With Mjotec as his chief architect, Djosher changed the way in which pharaohs built their tombs. In times before Djosher mastavas where the tombs of the pharaohs, but Djosher wanted to be different, he built a structure that would be followed by the pharoahs after him and would be still standing today in Egypt. Djosher also ruled Egypt in a way of no other, he was a pioneer he mined for beautiful gems. At the same time of his ruling Djosher’s tomb was being built by 10,000 men who volunteered their time and women who help supply the men with proper nutrition and hygiene. 

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