How Did the Ancient Egyptians Civilization Affect Modern Civilization?
The ancient Egyptians were blessed with an amazing intellect and a magical imagination, ancient Egyptian inventions during their time experimented with many ideas in order to gain further understanding of the universe they occupied. They invented ways to elevate and document their lives and many useful gadgets that spread to other civilizations. They made many amazing contributions towards language, numeracy, and science which are gifts that keep on giving. The Ancient Greek regarded Egypt as the land of mystery and wisdom and the ancient Roman was fascinated with Egyptian architecture and art. The Ancient Egyptian Civilization was the first to spin the wheel of innovation and set the bar high for all other civilizations.
Ancient Egyptian Inventions of Language & Literature
Language is one of the most important explorations of ancient Egyptian inventions, they created the art of writing to express their ideas, at first the Egyptians used pictures and pictographic signs but eventually, they invented 24 alphabets (Where Each Symbol Represent a Sound Rather than a Whole Word) in 3200 B.C.E. This caught on with Egypt’s neighbors the Phoenicians who made their own alphabet which spread through the near east and Greece. This acted as the foundation for alphabets all over the world and influenced speech and writing. All of this information was known because of the discovery of the Rosetta stone in 1799 A.D. The ancient Egyptians were the first people to move away from stone tablets and try writing on papyrus using pen and ink in 3000 B.C.E. They were able to use their noble invention to create immortal literature that reflected legends, myths, adventures and religious thoughts like “The Pyramid Texts”, “The Coffin Texts”, and “The Book of the Dead”. They had many languages over the years.
- Archaic Egyptian (before 2600 B.C.E.)
- Old Egyptian (2600–2000 B.C.E.)
- Middle Egyptian (2000–1300 B.C.E.)
- Late Egyptian (1300–700 B.C.E.)
- Demotic Egyptian (7th century B.C.E.–4th century C.E.)
- Coptic (3rd– 12th-century C.E)
Ancient Egyptian Inventions of Mathematics, Geometry& Architecture
The ancient Egyptians were very gifted when it came to mathematics, they were very efficient in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and were the first to invent basic and complex fractions as traces were found on a papyrus written in 1650 B.C.E. There also the earliest confirmed use of a decimal system in 3100 B.C.E. Their mathematics was more practical than of the Greek’s or Mesopotamian’s. The earliest records of geometry came from Egypt, as they had various techniques to perform these calculations which we still use today in modern-day computing.
The ancient Egyptian also had a talent for creating some of the most inspiring structures the world has ever seen, using their advanced architecture and their knowledge in triangle, square, quadrangle and other shapes for measuring the land. They were able to build amazing monuments like the majestic three Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the whole city of Karnak and a huge number of well-designed and crafted monuments. This encouraged other civilization to make in the same path and create marvelous monuments like the Greek. They were the first to invent custom-made bricks of the same size and cement, use copper plumbing in 3000 B.C.E, use precise surveying in 2700 B.C.E to build their breathtaking structures and the Astronomical calendar in 2400 B.C.E which we still use until today for its accurate regularity.
Ancient Egyptian Inventions Creation of Medicine
They invested a lot of their time in understanding the art of human anatomy which started in 3000 B.C.E. Egyptian medicine had an excellent reputation in the ancient world as many doctors were able to stitch up wounds, repair broken bones or even amputate limbs. They used opium as a painkiller and foods like onions and garlic were consumed daily because of their health benefits. They were the first to create and use a toothbrush and toothpaste as they cared deeply about their dental hygiene. They used many herbs to treat wounds and performed very complex surgeries using several bronze surgical tools as the world’s earliest known mention of the word surgery was in 2700 B.C.E. For all the reasons, Egyptian doctors were very famous all across the Mediterranean.
Ancient Egyptian Inventions of Philosophy & History
The ancient Egyptians were the masters of empiricism and the first to explore the philosophy of life, wonder about their existence and how to behave right. They created stories about creation, the afterlife, and books about how to regulate their life, like Ptahotep “The Provincial Ruler of Memphis” who wrote the first philosophy book entitled “Instruction to Ptahotep”, long before Confucious, Buddha or Socrates. They were also the first creators of the postal service as they were used to send many letters to each other, also the first historians as they documented their life on the walls of the temples and on stones like the “Rosetta Stone” which deciphering it was the key to understanding many things about their history and culture.
Ancient Egyptian Inventions of Ships, Trade & Farming
The ancient Egyptians were the first to use boats in trade and commerce. Egypt was a hot spot for trade in the Mediterranean as they exported and imported many goods like cattle, wine from Asia, precious stones from Persia and copper from Senia. They were able to achieve great trade relation with Sudan, Phonesia, crate, and Persia. They used the advance knowledge of aerodynamics and shipbuilding techniques to be the first to develop their own navy. They also created the earliest known geologic and topographic map in 1160B.C.E. they were the first to explore the potentials of farming as they observed the cycles of the Nile which led to the creation of the oldest irrigation systems and use sickle blades and plows driven by oxen to loosen the dry soil.
Ancient Egyptian Inventions of Craftsmanship, Art, and Entertainment
The Egyptians were the true artist as they were able to mix science with beauty and create something spectacular. They were the first people to end their independence on wood and stone and move to metal. They were pioneers in metallurgy as they made bronze in 3300 B.C.E by fusing copper and tin and made many tools from it. They built all the hunting tools like knives, arrow, heads, fishing hooks, weapons such as swords, helmets and shields and many carpentry tools like saws, axes, and chisels from bronze. They also invented the pottery wheel which allowed the mass production of many vases and crockery. In 3500 B.C.E, The Egyptians were able to create glass in 1500 B.C.E, they were able to create this material using silica sand and soda. Ancient Egyptians were incredible painters as created many beautiful paintings and drawings on temple walls that stood the test of time. They were also the first to invent and use wigs, stylish jewelry, and cosmetics. They also created the world’s first board game in 2900 B.C.E. that inspired many future games like chess.
Ancient Egypt was the envy of all its neighbors as it has created a glorious legacy by giving birth to an infinite number of inventions and ideas, which still plays a role in our lives until the present day. So it will be amazing to cast your eyes on the breathtaking temples and tombs of the ancient Egyptian during your Egypt travel packages or Nile cruise, so don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden world of Egyptian mythology, temples, tombs, and many more.