Ancient History by Joe Fullman, John Haywood

By Joe Fullman, John Haywood

1000000 issues: historic heritage is a brilliant exhibit and inform event. notice the evening sky to profit approximately Mayan gods and ideology, or barter for unique spices and perfumes within the exchange that outfitted Arabian towns. See the 1st chinese language Emperor's terra cotta military again to its multicolored beauty, or learn a shuttle advisor to the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations to determine which historical Mediterranean vacation spot is better for you.

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Everything you did counted for or against you in a final reckoning. The Egyptians went to great lengths to prepare their dead for the afterlife and to ensure that their life there was as comfortable as possible. 4 1 Judgment of the heart To pass through to the afterlife, you had to fulfill three criteria: You had to have your name written down somewhere; your body had to be preserved as a mummy; and you had to have your soul weighed against a feather by the god Anubis. If there was no sin, it would be as light as the feather, and you would pass.

This was Nubia, which would become one of Africa’s first civilizations. Nubia’s history was closely linked with that of its northern neighbor. In the early years, Egypt was the dominant force, invading Nubia and using it as a source of slaves. Later, the Nubian civilizations would gain the upper hand, ruling Egypt briefly in the first millennium bce, and even outlasting their more famous rival. NUBIA These Nubian megaliths may be one of the world’s earliest astronomical devices 37 . EGYPTIAN RESURGENCE .

If there was no sin, it would be as light as the feather, and you would pass. 3 2 Pyramids Egypt’s poor were buried in the sand, but high-status individuals could expect something more grand. In the Old Kingdom, the pharaohs were laid to rest in enormous stone pyramids. The biggest, Khufu’s Pyramid at Giza, is still the largest stone structure ever built. It contains more than two million stone blocks, each weighing more than two tons, and took thousands of workers about 20 years to complete. 34 Inside a tomb In later years, large, obvious pyramids were abandoned in favor of secret underground tombs to try to foil tomb robbers.

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