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There is a part of Egypt where archaeologists have found an astonishing number of tombs and monuments dedicated to the Pharaohs. Scholars refer to this place as...

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During Egypt’s New Kingdom Period between 1539 and 1075 BC, the Egyptians built a series of elaborate tombs for their pharaohs on the Nile’s west bank near Luxor. The series of tombs is known as the Valley of Kings and is the burial ground for pharaohs such as King Tut, Seti I, Ramses II, and other elites of the 18th to the 20th dynasties.
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True or False: A Pharaoh had absolutely no role in any religious ceremonies. It was a purely political position.

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The pharaoh held two titles: Lord of the Two Lands and High Priest of Every Temple. As High Priest of Every Temple, the pharaoh was duty-bound to build temples honoring the Gods, perform religious ceremonies, and choose the location of temples to be built. As Lord of the Two Lands, the pharaoh ruled all of Egypt. He or she would collect taxes, make laws, start wars, and protect and defend the country from threats.
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The word “Pharaoh” is not actually an Egyptian word. It is a Greek or Hebrew pronunciation of the Egyptian word pero or per-aa. Literally, it meant...

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In Ancient Egypt, all rulers were called king regardless of their gender since there was no Egyptian word for queen. The word pharaoh is not actually an Egyptian word. It is a Greek or Hebrew pronunciation of the Egyptian word pero or per-aa and means “great house.” It originally referred to the King’s palace and didn’t become a term for the ruler until about 1450 BC.
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After King Tut’s tomb was unearthed, researchers discovered an ornate dagger that seemed almost impossibly extravagant. The dagger was made from…

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When King Tut’s tomb was unearthed, researchers found an iron dagger that was still remarkably sharp thousands of years later. Having a sharp dagger is not strange in itself, but the dagger’s origin is quite mysterious. Scientists have tested the metal and determined it came from a meteorite, and the ancient Egyptians most likely didn’t have the technology to craft a weapon from meteorite debris, so it either came from another more advanced civilization or, as some are convinced, it might have been left behind by aliens.
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How many women served as Pharaoh?

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Out of about 170 Egyptian Pharaohs, 7 were women.
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Who was the last Egyptian pharaoh?

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Cleopatra VII acted as co-regent with her younger brother Ptolemy XII. In 49 BC, a group of senior advisors acting in Ptolemy’s name forced Cleopatra to flee the country, but she secured the backing of Julius Caesar and with the help of Rome’s military, reclaimed her throne.
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Nefertiti likely became ruler of Egypt after her husband Amenhotep IV’s death, but little is known about her except that her name means...

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The answer was B!
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Which of the following statements about Pharaohs is NOT true?

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It’s not true that Pharaohs took the names of Egyptian gods.
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Roughly how old is the Great Pyramid of Giza?

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The Egyptian Pyramids were commissioned by pharaohs to be their final resting places. The Great Pyramid is 139 meters (455 feet) high and is presumed to have been built by the Pharaoh Khufu in 2550 BC. It also had the distinction of being the largest structure on Earth. The second pyramid was believed to have been built by Khufu’s son Khafare and included a Sphinx monument. Despite the best efforts of scientists, nobody has been able to confirm exactly how they were built, nor have they been able to recreate them. Some people believe that the pyramids were built way more than 4,500 years ago, and they could have been the product of an ancient technology.
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Cleopatra VII became romantically involved with which other world leader?

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Unlike Hapshetsut, Cleopatra had no qualms about taking advantage of her femininity to get what she wanted. To get Caesar to cooperate with her, she supposedly stripped naked and had herself wrapped in a carpet and delivered to Caesar as a gift. When he unrolled the carpet, Cleopatra’s naked form was revealed. As a result of this act, the pair started an affair that made them one of the most powerful unions in the world.
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How did Cleopatra VII first meet Caesar?

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Cleopatra had no qualms about taking advantage of her femininity to get what she wanted. To get Caesar to cooperate with her, she supposedly stripped naked and had herself wrapped in a carpet and delivered to Caesar as a gift. When he unrolled the carpet, Cleopatra’s naked form was revealed. As a result of this act, the pair started an affair that made them one of the most powerful unions in the world.
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True or False: A Pharaoh was forbidden from having more than one spouse.

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A pharaoh was not restricted to having just one wife. He would often have a couple of major wives, as well as several concubines. It wasn’t simply for pleasure though. By having multiple women in their lives, they could strengthen their dynasty and guarantee an heir for succession. For the most part, an heir would be the son of a major wife, so if you were a concubine’s son who hoped to inherit the throne, you wouldn’t hold your breath.
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Menes is thought to be the first Egyptian Pharaoh. He’s notable for his tole in uniting Upper and Lower Egypt...  but a lesser known point of discussion is his rather bizarre death. How did he go?

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Egypt’s presumed first historical King, Menes was known for uniting Upper and Lower Egypt, but a lesser known point of discussion is his rather bizarre death. One would think that a man who ruled for 62 years might have died of old age or in battle, but this was not the case. He died after being trampled by a hippopotamus.
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What was the name of the British archaeologist who discovered King Tut’s tomb?

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Howard Carter was a British archaeologist who achieved worldwide fame when he made arguably one of the most famous finds of all-time: the tomb of Tutankhamun.
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True or False: A Pharaoh’s oldest son was always next-in-line to become Pharaoh.

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A pharaoh’s ascension to the throne was usually through blood, but the heir wasn’t necessarily the oldest son. The declared heir could be the son of the pharaoh’s chief consort, or of a lesser-ranked but favored wife. In the beginning, pharaohs would marry an aristocratic woman to link their dynasty to the upper classes of the Egyptian capital. They also adopted the practice of marrying within the family, often marrying sisters or daughters to keep their bloodlines pure.
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In 1974, the Egyptian government issued one Pharaoh an official passport, so they could transport his remains to Paris. Which Pharaoh was it?

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Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, ruled for 96 years and is considered to have been one of Egypt’s greatest rulers. His corpse was exhumed to be displayed in a museum and in 1974, the corpse was sent to Paris for some freshening up. Not wanting to tarnish the Pharaoh’s legacy by calling him luggage, the Egyptian Government granted him an official passport. The passport listed his name, age (about 3,000 years old), and occupation (King) and also included a disclaimer stating that he was deceased.
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Which of these options was NOT the name of an Egyptian royal dynasty?

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Although the Alexandrian Dynasty is not the name of any Egyptian royal families, the Ptolemaic Dynasty did consist of rulers who were descended from Ptolemy I, a companion of Alexander the Great
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True or False: There was once a Pharaoh that showed his displeasure with a foreign ruler by farting, and asking a runner to send the message.

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Amasis was not exactly the most refined ruler. He was an alcoholic and a kleptomaniac, and he betrayed his king by switching sides to lead the rebel forces he’d been sent to vanquish and seized the throne. As the story goes, he apparently declared war on the King by farting and telling the messenger to “Take that back to the king.” How has this not been used in Game of Thrones yet?
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What’s beyond the golden mask? The pharaohs were a fascinating bunch. During the height of ancient Egyptian culture, it was the title given to the political and religious leader of the Egyptian people until the Roman Annexation in 30 BCE. Considered to be a god on Earth, the pharaoh was the most powerful person in Egypt. But how much do you know about these god-like rulers? Time to find out.


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