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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:26 am    Post subject: Average Ancient Egyptian Reply with quote

We gotta do a project on why a certain Pharof or King is the greatest egyptian of all time. I got the topic of why is an average egyptian should be considered the greatest egyptian. So can anyone help me xD?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the topic for your project is a very good one. You could take it in so many directions. The king might be the most powerful and famous person in the land, but he would be of no consequence without the people who made his land great. At the highest levels the king relied on his administration (e.g., viziers, commanders, high priests, and other officials) to see that the systems of agriculture, military, treasury, foreign policy, and the like were working as they were supposed to.

But even much farther down the ladder, the average Egyptian was of great importance. Egypt could not have been such a powerful force were it not for its farmers, herdsman, laborers, merchants, engineers, soldiers, craftsmen, and artists. Even slaves were important to the functioning of everything from the common household to the royal palace.

A good place to start is with the famous village known today as Deir el Medina. Well, it's a village of ruins today, of course, but for much of the New Kingdom it's where the workmen lived who built the royal tombs in the nearby Valley of the Kings. It's a fascinating site to study and is where a good deal of New Kingdom written evidence comes from, the sort of evidence that tells us of every-day lives and the sorts of things people did for their pharaoh. Without these people, the great kings of the New Kingdom (e.g., Tuthmosis III, Amunhotep III, Seti I, Ramesses II) would've had no place to rest for eternity. And to the ancient Egyptian way of thinking, that would've brought the end of the cosmos.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some very famous non-royals as well. There's Imhotep, from the time of Djoser. He was later deified and is said to have designed and built the step pyramid at Saqqara.

There's also Amenhotep Son of Hapu, a great official from the reign of Amenhotep III.

Another non-royal of interest would be the vizier Paser from the early 19th dynasty (overlaps with Ramesses the Great).

These people are not exactly average. They would have been wealthy and influential, but it would be possible to find quite a bit of information about these people.

Kmt-sesh is right about the Village of Deir-el-Medina. There is information about these people as well. They have excavated the village and know where some of the individuals lived. There are also papyri that tell us something about what went on in the village.
Paneb may be a good character to look at Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

its like an essy theis? Any 3 major points why they should be considered great?
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