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Ancient Egypt was an empire that lasted for over 30 centuries, beginning with its unification around 3150 BC and ending with the dead of Cleopatra VII in 30 BC and the Roman conquest. Ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating of the ancient civilizations. Thanks to the Nile, ancient Egypt was a prosperous empire and left a rich cultural legacy that kept us intrigued throughout history.

Even today, the manner in which modern Egypt has melded with the ancient world is positively astounding. The pull of the old Egypt is still very much a part of modern cities such as Cairo and Alexandria.

From the pyramids of Giza to the great technological advances, ancient Egypt never ceases to amaze. Ancient Egypt Online provides you an introduction to many of the fascinating aspects of the history, culture, religion, geography, politics, and daily life in ancient Egypt.

Some of this information may be well known facts to you, while other tidbits may be a new discovery on your path to broadening your knowledge.


The construction of the pyramids have dumbfounded the world for centuries. It seems incongruous that anyone could have successfully managed such massive construction projects. Yet, thousands of years later, the pyramids rise above the sand filled deserts of Egypt as a testament to their builders.

Egyptian mummy

Often the subject of pop culture horror entertainment, mummies are nothing more than the result of embalming practices. Ancient Egyptians believed the soul would return to the body at night after death, so the preservation of the body was a significant aspect of their burial rites.


The ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics remained a mystery for the better part of the AD era. It was only after the discovery of the Rosetta Stone that the ancient Egyptian writing was deciphered. Discover more about this complex and labor intensive writing system.

Isis sculpture

The ancient Egyptian religion was heavily based on a cult of the afterlife. God worshipping practices were intertwined with day-to-day life alongside a variety of rites and rituals, in an attempt to secure a peaceful existence after death.

History of ancient Egypt

The Ancient Egyptians built one of the most powerful and prosperous civilizations of their time. We are still uncovering facts about the lives of pharaohs and their people alike, and there is no shortage of interest in the history of the land of the pyramids.


Government & Politics

Although Ancient Egypt had a single ruler, the pharaoh appointed officials with various duties to help run the country. The vizier was the highest ranking official and got his orders directly from the king. Learn all about ancient Egypt's government system.

Map of the Nile Delta

The geography of Ancient Egypt was not much different from that of its modern day counterpart. The Nile river was, without a doubt, the driving force behind the ancient civilization and the reason for its wealth and success.

Map of ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt flourished on the fertile banks of the Nile, in North-Eastern Africa. Have a look at various maps of the area to find out what the ancient land was like and how it was different from modern day Egypt.

Depiction of the creation

Ancient Egyptian art tells us a lot about the lives of its creators. The representations of gods and mortals alike are full of symbolism, and a great part of the discovered pieces relate to preparations for the afterlife.