Using historical narratives to teach history – about Ancient Egypt

Egypt timeline

A rough general timeline for Ancient Egypt
With thanks to

Key questions:

  1. What dates do we associate with the Old, Middle and New kingdoms?
  2. When are the pyramids (the ones we always associate with Egypt) built?
  3. How much evidence can you find that ancient Egypt has periods of conflict?
  4. By whom is Ancient Egypt conquered?
  5. Is trade important to Egypt?
  6. Alexander the great conquers Egypt in what year?
  7. What period does this usher in?

The Nile and Religion in Egypt

See John Baines, The Story of the Nile, for information on the significance of the Nile River and its influence on Egypt.

Highlight the following aspects of this site:

Text about the Nile River's importance.
John Baines’ take on why the Nile was important
  1. How does this indicate why the Nile was important to Egypt? Identify key words ~ ‘without the Nile… extraordinary civilisations… physical, political and spiritual presence’

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< Note that this side bar margin identifies that the Nile River had a big influence on Egypt. How does it do this?

Note these key ideas: (Baines, 2011)

‘The Nile’s annual inundation was relatively reliable, and the floodplain and Delta were very fertile, making Egyptian agriculture the most secure and productive in the Near East.’

‘The compactness of Egypt, focused on the Nile, favoured political unity, which brought both potential for exploiting the land’s fertility and obligations for rulers.’

Note the paragraph beginning: ‘The Nile, so fundamental to the country’s well-being, did not play a very prominent part in the religious life of Egypt…

* Note that the National Geographic offers a good quick summary of ancient Egypt in this YouTube video.


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