Hymn To The Nile Analysis

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i) Each of these texts respond to phenomena relating to the Nile. The text: ‘Hymn to the Nile, ‘responds to the flooding of the Nile and how the Egyptians believed that the God Hapy who is quoted as being ‘the nourisher of all who thirst,’ (Hymn to the Nile Stanza 1 line 9) was responsible for this phenomena. This topic was significant to the ancient Egyptians because the Nile was central to their survival and without the flooding of the Nile they would have no fertile land nor be able to harvest crops for food and the people would starve. The text states that: ‘a million would perish among men’ (quoted from Hymn to the Nile stanza 3 line 5) when the Niles flood water was low. This phenomena is significant to Herodotus as it provided him with insight into the relationship between the Egyptians and the Nile and helped him better understand the God Hapy.

The Famine Stele text responds to the question of finding out ‘where the inundation is born, and what God resides at the source of the flood season that will join with the Pharaoh’ (as quoted on paragraph 3 line 1 and 2 of the famine stele). This topic is significant to the Egyptians as they rely on the Nile to bring wealth to their people in the form of crops and fertile land which they need to survive. They also relied on the inundation to bring in the New Year as it was the first season of the New Year. The inundation would be significant to Herodotus as
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The text: ‘Hymn to the Nile’ helps us to understand the importance of the Egyptian people’s relationship with the Nile as well as their adoration for the God Hapy. This text also emphasizes how dependent these Ancient people were on the Nile and we as academics can record the various effects the flooding of the Nile or lack thereof had on them in their daily
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