Some archaeologists believe pyramids are shaped like triangles to allow the pharaoh's spirit to climb to the sky or that the sloping sides represent the sun's rays. Another theory is that a pyramid was the easiest shape to build or that it simply represents a burial mound.Continue Reading
Egyptian pyramids have long been a source of mystery and, in fact, the Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. While no clue was left behind as to the reason for the triangle shape, archaeologists are able to make some educated guesses. Some believe that the pyramid shape is representative of the mound of creation. Egyptians believed that the Earth was created on an island, which they named the mound of creation. The pyramids rising up out of the flat desert might signify this belief.
It is well-documented by artifacts found in pyramids that Egyptians revered their dead and wanted to make the transition to the afterlife as easy as possible. This is why some believe that the pyramids are shaped in such a way to allow easy passage from this life to the next. The sun was another important part of Egyptian beliefs. To honor and please their sun god, some archaeologists believe that the pyramids sides represent the rays of the sun.Learn more about Ancient Egypt
Hatshepsut had many achievements, but the greatest of them all was being the first female pharaoh of Egypt to have full powers during the 18th dynasty when there was great opposition against the women leadership. She was the daughter of King Thutmose I and took over leadership after the death of her husband and step-brother, Thutmose II.Full Answer >
The highest of all ancient Egyptian nobility, the pharaoh, was seen as the go-between for the gods and the world of humanity, and pharaohs thus had a matching extravagance in their lifestyles that far exceeded the royalty of most other kingdoms that have come into existence since. Lower nobility was known for lavish practices, such as burying their pets in luxurious graves, and similar practices allegorical to modern culture.Full Answer >
King Khufu's reign as the pharaoh of Egypt is estimated to have been between the years 2589 and 2566 B.C., but the years of his reign are debated by historians. His reign was during the Fourth Dynasty of ancient Egypt, which lasted from 2613 to 2498 B.C.Full Answer >
Khufu or Khnum-Khufu, the fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh credited as the force behind the famous Great Pyramid of Giza, was a cruel and despotic ruler, according to some historical records. The Greek historian Herodotus was especially vitriolic in his accounts of Khufu, describing his rule as one characterized by oppression, misery and slavery.Full Answer >