12 Things You Don’t Know About Ancient Egypt
Along with King Tut no other figure is more famously associated with ancient Egypt than Cleopatra VII. But while she was born in Alexandria, Cleopatra was actually part of a long line of Greek Macedonians originally descended from Ptolemy I, one of Alexander the Great’s most trusted assistant.
The most of its leaders remained largely Greek in their culture and sensibilities. In fact, Cleopatra was popular for being one of the first members of the Ptolemaic dynasty to actually speak the Egyptian language.
You will be surprised to know that one of the most popular wedding rituals, common across various cultures, can be traced back to ancient Egypt. The tradition of exchanging wedding rings was something first recorded by the people of this land.
In Ancient egypt one’s hair said a lot about their social status. Pharaohs never let their hair be seen and thus wore elaborate headgear. The rich, folk usually wore wigs. And young boys were usually bald with just one tiny braid to prevent infection by lice.
Having proper toilets was a modern invention, think again. Archaeological finds have shown that a lot of ancient tombs had toilet-like structures in them. Clearly, ancient Egyptians knew a thing or two about toilet etiquette.
It may be hard to believe but archaeologists researched evidence suggesting that people in ancient Egypt slept with pillows. But their pillows were made of stone. Yes, you read it right – stone pillows.
The Pyramids Were Built By Paid Labourers
Pyramids were not made by slaves. That’s just a false conception arising from Greek historian Herodotus’ records. The pyramids were build by paid labourers who were given one gallon of beer per day as compensation.
Christian mythology suggests that Adam and Eve wore no clothes in the prelapsarian Age. But it’s not just in Eden that male-female nudity was quite in vogue. Ancient Egyptians didn’t wear clothes till they hit their teenage.
Egyptian writing called the Kahun Papyrus that dates back to 1850 B.C. throws an interesting light upon the people’s means of contraception. But crocodile faeces was used either as a means of preventing contraception or aiding abortion.
Ancient Egyptian Make-up
Both men and women in ancient Egypt apply makeup. It was made from either copper or lead, and so it was mostly green and black hues that Egyptian people sported. “Why?” you ask? They thought makeup had healing powers!
The lost Egyptian city called Heracleion was found under the sea after about 1200 years of its submergence. A lot of its original architecture had not completely rotted away as one would expect.
The Mystery Continues
The great pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of all three such structures in the Giza Pyramid Complex. Now what is fascinating is that even centuries after its discovery and observation, many of its pathways remain unexplored.
Beer = Money
This may be the most unexpected fact related to the ancient Egyptian civilization. Within the society of the pharaohs, the common currency – the medium of exchange, trade and commerce – was beer. Yes, beer. The Egyptians loved their alcohol, we guess.
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