To begin, typically between June and September, the river would flood its banks. Since there is little rainfall in Egypt, this yearly flood would allow moisture back into the soil, improving the conditions for farming. This area of land “along the banks of the Nile [is called] the Kemet, or Black Land.” It is noted that “the land along the banks of the Nile River were extremely fertile.” In addition, the Nile River acted as a natural highway, creating opportunities to trade goods by water.
The land along the Nile and delta was arable and very good for farming, while the rest of the land was dry like a desert. (Document 2-1) So, the land near the Nile became the perfect environment for a civilization to commence. Although the Nile floods provided silt, allowing crops to grow, the floods also destroyed villages and killed many people. Despite this, so much success was found in Egypt because of Nile River.
Egyptians depended on the Nile to irrigate their crops. The Nile flooded for six months each year, then left behind layers of silt as the waters flooded. Egyptians grew crops such as wheat, barley, beans and cotton in the silt. They dug canals from the river to their farms so crops would receive water. Egyptians ate fish from the river and hunted birds in its marshes.
The river was full of important resources. It was made up of the Black Land, the fertile lands around the Nile, and the Red Land, the dry deserts beyond the Black Land. The Nile River shaped Ancient Egypt, both figuratively and literally by influencing the geography of Ancient Egypt, spiritual beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians, and Ancient Egypt’s calendar year. The river was full of food, fresh water, a good way of transportation, provided silt, and increased trade.
In ancient Egypt the Nile was a life or death resource because it gave water for drinking, was depicted to surround the ancient Egyptian heaven, and also controlled the growing season. The Nile as a resource helped create a thriving agricultural system. Along with the plentiful crops was the sand that went everywhere causing diseases and dental issues. The Nile River with fertile soil, and a major resource helped make the Egyptian civilizations that occurred long ago to thrive to their best ability. The Nile River shaped ancient Egypt by organizing the settlement distribution, developing the economy and changing their spiritual life.
According to document B, during this time farmers are able to work on other jobs for money to keep their farm going. Seasons are based on the Nile River. According to document B, “the Akhet is the flooding season, the Peret is the planting and growing season, and the Shemu is the harvesting season.” “In the Peret, the Nile is still high enough for irrigation, but not high enough for floods.
With the rivers located just by ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, both civilizations’ culture depended on agriculture, and were formed around agricultural communities which supplied them with food. In Egypt, the annual flooding of the Nile contributed to their development in agriculture, while Mesopotamians depended on the Euphrates river, which was less dependable than the Nile because of its unpredictable flooding. The flooding of the two rivers in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia left a fertile layer of soil, making it easier to plant crops and allowing both communities to depend on their rivers for
Ancient Egypt SLL 1057F Amber Waynik WYNAMB001 Tutorial group 2 Jessica Nitschke 1.Hymn to the Nile i) The phenomenon that the “Hymn to the Nile “responds to the dependency of the Egyptian people on the Nile river. The text shows that the Nile river served as a source of life which sustained and provided all for Egyptians “who creates all that is good” (“Hymn to the Nile” stanza 9). The text asks questions about who controls the Nile and why it flow the way it does - the text itself answers that it is the Egyptian god Hapy who controls the Nile.
The land was fertilized annually by the floods of the Nile and them grew cereals to make bread and beer, vegetables, linen to manufacture fabrics, etc. Bread, onions and beer were part of the basic diet of the classes. What led Egyptian civilization to the fall more than 3000 years ago was perhaps from war to epidemic, according to paleo climatic research, could be a brief episode of drought. Stuart Manning, a professor at Cornell University in New York, assumed that this climatic episodic could have had important political consequences; a change in climate was enough to alter food resources and other infrastructures, which probably led to the fall of civilizations such as the Akkadian Empire and the Ancient Kingdom to Egypt.
In ancient times, you were unable to control the river, so if it flooded, people went along with it. Now Egyptians had the Nile. It flooded annually at about the same time of year, and was very predictable. It covered the land in silt. Ancient Sumerians, however, were located in between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
Also, the Nile River affected the culture of the Egyptian civilization because it became a large part of their religious beliefs. This proves that geography had a large part in shaping the civilization in the Egyptian river
Egypt was by the Nile River. All of these rivers flooded. The Nile River flooding provided dark, rich silt that gave the Egyptians rich soil for farming. They learned how to channel flood waters and use reservoirs. Even though the flooding of the Yellow River helped the soil for the Chinese, the river
In the history of the hebrews the religion has displayed a remarkable adaptability and continuity. Starting when God flooded the world and spared nobody but Noah and his family, when God had Abraham leave Mesopotamia and settle in the land of the Canaanites, And when God had Moses lead his people out of slavery and into the promised land. All of these points change the face of the Hebrew culture and their religion. The Hebrews history was remarkable which they managed to survive as people and as a culture. From the Hebrews point of view the whole purpose was to illuminate their relationship with God When God was in the picture with the Hebrews things became different, God did not allow more than one god which is called monotheism.