The ancient Egyptian civilization lasted for 3,000 years and became one of the most powerful and iconic civilizations in history. The reign of the civilization can be divided into three major periods of prosperity called the old middle and new kingdoms and two periods of instability in between called the first and second intermediate periods. These kingdoms were then united into the Kingdom of ancient Egypt around 3100 BC. The ancient Egyptians made significant advances in art, architecture, and lifestyle that kept them progressive and prosperous for ages. And without a doubt, Egyptians were the best builders.
Here is a list of top 08 interesting facts about ancient Egypt.
The pyramids were not built by slaves
The life of a pyramid builder certainly wasn’t easy skeletons of workers commonly show signs of arthritis and other ailments but evidence suggests that the massive tombs were built not by slaves but by paid laborers. While the ancient Egyptians were certainly not averse to keeping slaves, they appear to have mostly used them as field hands and domestic servants.
Cats considered Sacred animal
Cats were considered to be a sacred animal by the Ancient Egyptians. It’s thought that most families kept a cat as a pet, which they believed would bring the household good luck!
Pyramids and Treasure
The Pharaohs of Egypt were often buried in giant pyramids or in secret tombs. They believed that they needed treasure to be buried with them to help them in the afterlife. As a result, archeologists have a lot of well-preserved artifacts and tombs to examine in order to find out how the Ancient Egyptians lived.
Egyptian invented a year(365 days) calendar
The ancient Egyptians invented created a solar calendar which was the dating system in history to feature 365 days in one year.
Egyptian invented Toothpaste
Ancient toothpastes were used to treat some of the same concerns that we have today. keeping teeth and gums clean, whitening teeth and freshening breath. The ingredients of ancient toothpastes were however very different and varied. Ingredients used included a powder of ox hooves' ashes and burnt eggshells, that was combined with pumice and toothbrushes made of wooden twigs.
Their beards weren’t real
The pharaohs(Egyptians people was a succession of about 300 rulers referred to as Pharaohs) were typically depicted with long braided beards but in truth, they were all more than likely clean shaven. The beards were fakes, worn to imitate the god Osiris, who is depicted sporting a handsome beard. Indeed, facial hair was such a must-have that even Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh, sported a fake beard.
Egyptians Men and Women wore makeup
Egyptians liked to look good. Both men and women wore makeup for aesthetic and therapeutic reasons. The eye-paint was usually green (made from copper) or black (made from lead). As well as offering protection from the sun, the Egyptians believed make-up had magical healing powers, too.
Equal rights for Men and Women
In Egypt, men and women of equivalent social status were treated as equals in the eyes of the law. They could own property and were legally at court, equal to men. This meant that women could own, earn, buy, sell and inherit property.