Egypt: Quest For Immortality Essay

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Egypt: Quest for Immortality Ancient Egyptian Civilization lasted more than 3500 years. Great rulers of Egypt were known as Pharaohs. Egyptians believed that the key to immortality was by a process called mummification. Mummification was a ritual for eternity. Egyptians took the bodies of these Pharaohs which were cleansed and dried and buried them in secret tombs that were sacred to them. Pharaohs ruled the kingdom. An important ruler was by the name of Tutentkaten also known as King Tut. King Tut was about eighteen or nineteen when he died. This Pharaoh was mummified and ...view middle of the document...

By the year 550 AD the Romans took over, along came Christianity. The last priest were killed and the last links of the Pharaohs were lost. Egypt's dream had been destroyed, perhaps forever. The silence lasted 1300 years. In 1798 Napolean brought his armys to Egypt. They came about the rosetta stone, it had greek writing on it and that's how they were able to translate the writings and symbols of the pharaohs. There was a Village named Corna, it was known as the village of the robbers. They destroyed sacred tombs because of greed, they wanted the gold and treasures that were buried along with the pharaohs. People came here to buy the beautiful treasures. It was a black market and it was for the greed and the money that was exchanged for these valuable treasures that had so much history and culture involved. Later laws were passed that stated that it was illegal to steal these treasures and sell them and they slowly put a stop to it. People who were caught stealing these treasures were arrested and the treasures were returned. They indeed faced much problems trying to secure these artifacts In the same city of Corna there were about 32 mummies that were found and they now lie in the museum of Cairo, Egypt. Scientist did and are doing the best that they can to preserve these mummies that have so much history behind them and are very valuable to early Egyptian civilization.

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