The Final Days of Ancient Egypt


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I have had a passion for history ever since I can remember. Growing up I would read whatever history book I could get my hands on, and after I finished all the ones within my reach I would read them over again. One of my favorite subjects ever since middle school is Ancient Egypt.

If we were to stop a random Joe on the street and ask them what they know about the later days of the Egyptian Empire they one of the first things to be mentioned would most likely be they were being ruled by a woman in the end, and then they would remember her name, and finally the name would remind them of one of the most well-known love triangles of all time. Other than that, however, you should probably go find a humanities major at the very least if you want to learn anything at all from this era beyond common knowledge and theatre knowledge. The Roman Empire, then ruled by Augustus Caesar, finally gained total and complete control of Egypt in 30 BCE. After Egypt was brought under Roman rule the Romans continued in their efforts to expend their territory by pushing further south and east, but were unable to do so until about 106 CE when Emperor Trajan was able to annex Arabia (Wente and Dorman). This was in the midst of the Roman occupation of Egypt and allowed for the reopening of the Suez Canal which led to a boost in the Egyptian economy. Even though the Suez Canal helped to improve the economy and expand it the economy did not rely fully upon it.

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Throughout Egyptian history the Nile served as a very important mode for transporting goods all up and down Africa. Bringing in wood and other resources from Nubia and those countries and territories located to the south. However, what the reopening of the Suez Canal did contribute to the Egyptian economy was the ability to trade with the eastern civilizations without having to cross vast tracts of land. Wente and Dorman also go on to state that the Roman Empire even encouraged entrepreneurship and private landownership by cutting the taxes of these people. This is something that we rarely saw prior to these time period and something that we rarely see after until we get into modern history, and we know it to be a huge factor in improving economies. The article I used in itself is an extremely large one that is extensive and delves deep into Ancient Egypt. Starting with the life of Ancient Egyptians it continues on until it gets to Roman and Byzantium controlled Egypt where it ends with the rise of Christianity. It covers everything I was hoping to find and tons more. The article contains lots of resources links that take you to other articles on the site that shows you more and more about your topic and will also show you how other time periods connect to it in certain circumstances. At no point did I find myself lacking in details or information and I really appreciated that. I can definitely tell that not only do the authors of this article and the people that run the site enjoy what they do, but they live it too. Overall I feel very comfortable giving this site an A and would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn something that they have not heard on repeat.

One of the most common ways that we judge ancient civilizations and their empires today is on whether or not they effectively expanded during the course of their run. In fact, most history teachers and books focus solely on when they began, their expansion, and their end. Quite often we look upon the past and see that the reasons for other empires’ downfalls were due to other empires’ rise to the top. Not only did we see this once with Ancient Egypt, but twice under the hands of Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar. In contrast though, one of the main ways we determine the success of governments today is by the shape of their economies and whether they are growing or not. We see that the Egyptian economy does flourish a little bit under Roman control as they promote entrepreneurship and the purchase of land from the government.

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