Ancient Wisdoms

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The king and ideology: administration, art, and writing

Extracted from the article” Ancient Egypt” written by Alan K. Bowman, Edward F. Wente, Alan Edouard Samuel, John R. Baines and Peter F. Dorman published in Encyclopedia Britannica ; https://www.britannica.com/place/ancient-Egypt


The Abacus

With the complex adding systems that we have today, it can be hard to grasp that peoples were using small stones or other objects as numerical devices from time immemorial. The word calculate itself comes from the Latin calculus, which means small stone. These methods of calculations introduced some elementary kind of abstraction, but people gradually realized that this method did not go far enough to satisfy their increasing needs. To count up to 1000, for example, they would have had to gather a thousand pebbles, which was enormous work.


Abu Simbel, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sun to Illuminate Inner Sanctuary of Pharaoh's Temple

The main temple at Abu Simbel, which Ramses ordered built near the border of Nubia and Upper Egypt, was dedicated to two sun gods, Amen-Re and Re-Horakhte. Standing 100 feet (33 meters) tall, the temple was carved into an already-standing sandstone mountain on the banks of the Nile.


 

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Rhind Mathematical Papyrus

The Rhind mathematical papyrus (RMP) is considered one of the most famous mathematical papyri from the time of Pharaohs. The RMP is five meters long and contains 86 different mathematical problems and their solutions.


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