Ancient Egypt: The Flood Cycle Of The Niles

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Ancient Egypt was one of the four preeminent river civilizations in history along with Tigris river and Euphrates river supporting Mesopotamia, China on the Yangtze and India on the Indus. These successful early civilizations actively relied on the rivers for various resources and Egypt was the ultimate testimony. Egypt would just be dry desert land lacking the rich culture of intelligent inhabitants that developed their own literature, machinery, theories, and unbelievably accurate mathematical and astronomical equations/facts if it weren 't for the Niles existence. Without the Nile’s annual flooding cycle enriching the soil with silt, their fruitful agronomics would not have been attainable. The fertile field provided by the Nile was extremely crucial to the Egyptians agrarian lifestyles. In fact, they worshiped the Nile river and their idea of the afterlife paradise was called the field of reeds which was also supported by the Nile(Doc D). Not only did the Nile river provide crops for the Egyptians but it also provided a drinking source and fed the other animals they used as laborers and to eat. These essential needs for living would not have come as easily as it did without the support of the Nile. The natural flooding cycle of the Nile river was categorized into three seasons: Akhet, Peret, and Shemu. Akhet is also known as the flood season; the time when the Nile covered the land with water and farmers, which made up 95 percent of the large population, worked by
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