NE STUD 18 Lecture 1: NES 18 Lecture 1: Introduction

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Ancient egypt in popular imagination (past and present) o. Geography of ancient egypt: modern egypt is located in the northeastern corner of africa: Northeast, across sinai land bridge = israel, jordan: ancient egypt had similar borders: mediterranean sea in the north to aswan and the first cataract in the south. Aswan - first cataract (area of natural blockage that restricted river travel) - formed a natural southern border for egypt o. Five other cataracts south of aswan blocking the course of the nine river - Ancient egypt ended after the first cataract, modern egypt ends after the 2nd: another difference ancient egypt was restricted to area flooded by the nile. River, surrounding desert - not part of ancient land: north - delta, south - valley, northern egypt/nile delta (ta-mehu or the north land) = lower egypt (because the nile flows north) Famous for cattle herding, hunting in the marshes and various estates.

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