lauantai 17. maaliskuuta 2012

My love&passion: Egypt

When i was young, i wanted to be I wanted to be the Egyptologist. (Or private investigator) I didn´t end up doing neither, but my love for Egypt and it´s history remained.
That history is such a great, long and full of mysterys, still.



This period is somehow so interesting for me:


"Old Kingdom is the name given to the period in the 3rd millennium BC when Egypt attained its first continuous peak of civilization in complexity and achievement – the first of three so-called "Kingdom" periods, which mark the high points of civilization in the lower Nile Valley (the others being Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom).
The term itself was coined by nineteenth century historians and the distinction between the Old Kingdom and the Early Dynastic Period is not one which would have been recognized by Ancient Egyptians. Not only was the last king of the Early Dynastic Period related to the first two kings of the Old Kingdom, but the 'capital', the royal residence, remained at Ineb-Hedg, the Ancient Egyptian name for Memphis. The basic justification for a separation between the two periods is the revolutionary change in architecture accompanied by the effects on Egyptian society and economy of large-scale building projects.

The Old Kingdom is most commonly regarded as the period from the Third Dynasty through to the Sixth Dynasty (2686 BC – 2181 BC). Many Egyptologists also include the Memphite Seventh and Eighth Dynasties in the Old Kingdom as a continuation of the administration centralized at Memphis. While the Old Kingdom was a period of internal security and prosperity, it was followed by a period of disunity and relative cultural decline referred to by Egyptologists as the First Intermediate Period During the Old Kingdom, the king of Egypt (not called the Pharaoh until the New Kingdom) became a living god, who ruled absolutely and could demand the services and wealth of his subjects. The numerous references to the Old Kingdom kings as pharaohs in this article stems from the ubiquitous use of the term "pharaoh" to describe any and all Ancient Egyptian Kings.


Under King Djoser, the first king of the Third Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, the royal capital of Egypt was moved to Memphis, where Djoser established his court. A new era of building was initiated at Saqqara under his reign. King Djoser's architect, Imhotep is credited with the development of building with stone and with the conception of the new architectural form—the Step Pyramid. Indeed, the Old Kingdom is perhaps best known for the large number of pyramids constructed at this time as pharaonic burial places. For this reason, the Old Kingdom is frequently referred to as "the Age of the Pyramids."




I mean, how much history is in that small text already? I took it from net, couse me to translate all this from Finnish to English... Well, we are talkin about lot of time.

But this is info we all can read from net. How about that history, which is still under that sand?? We cant know everything yet, and/or maybe never will. That´s, what fascinated at the beging, and still do.
That country has inspired so many peoples. Writers, movie makers, of coure archeologist, the tomb robbers... I have such a huge respect, admiration for that culture.

Just closing my eyes, feeling that hot sun, hearing that wind to whisper, touching those stones... wow.
I know, that there are much turbulence, but STILL.. it feels like home.. grazy, right?




Ok, time to zumba..
Have a great day all
Maarit





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