By Lionel Casson
Nice a long time of guy old Egypt /
For many folks historical Egypt is a baffling phenomenon. definitely it really is amazing, with its effective monuments, its 3 thousand years of history,
and its recognition for monstrous studying and talent. nonetheless, a tradition of now abandoned monuments, of aloof statues,
of a flat and static paintings and of gaping mummies by no means turns out to pulse with solid pink blood.
We think no kinship to the austere King Khafre within the Cairo Museum or to Queen Hatshepsut masquerading as Osiris within the Metropolitan Museum,
New York. the tale of historic Egypt turns out extra like a delusion than human history.
I have scanned this outdated ebook belonging to my father that was once published over forty years again.
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Others were foreigners serving as mercenaries or forced into the army after being captured. , when the migrating Sea Peoples (including the Sherden shown above) attacked Egypt, the Egyptian army was itself augmented by companies of Sherden mercenaries. Youths of the upper classes usually enlisted in the separately organized chariot corps. Some of them bought their o w n chariots and then drove h o m e to show off their driving skill before battle. 63 WAR CHARIOTS, like those depicted on ancient temple walls (above) and found in a noble's tomb (left), were skilfully manufactured.
They generally protest that no help has been forthcoming, though sometimes they contradict themselves. Thutmose III was so able an administrator that the machinery he set in motion ran successfully for a full century after him. , the 18th Dynasty reached its zenith. Egypt was at peace and trade was flourishing. Except for putting d o w n a rebellion in Nubia, Amenhotep engaged in few military ventures. He entered instead on a vast building programme—a court, colossal statues, a funerary temple for himself and temples in other cities throughout the land.
45 AN IRRIGATION DITCH brings water to the arid land. New Kingdom Egyptians used a "shaduf" (a long beam with a leather bucket at one end and a counter-balance at the other) to raise ivater from low ditches to higher ones. BLINDFOLDED CATTLE treading in a circle are yoked to the forked wooden centre-post of a primitive water-raising device. The rotating centre-post powered a set of water-wheels that brought water from one ditch to another. 3 •M f t * l *- S ^ v HARNESSING THE YEARLY FLOOD In Egypt, a land virtually without rain, irrigation alone made it possible for crops to grow and men to live.