10 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt
Cleopatra’s family moved from Greece to Egypt and lived there for around 300 years or so. Even though she was born and raised in Egypt, to Egyptians she was still 100% Greek. She was a descendant of the Ptolemy family, who served under Alexander the Great. She was the only member of the family who spoke Egyptian and ruled as a Pharaoh until Egypt was conquered by the Roman Empire.
The first sailing boats were invented in Egypt.
Hatshepsut (1508–1458 B.C.) was one of the most powerful, productive, and successful women in the ancient world. She reigned for over 20 years, though her images were later defaced on temples and inscriptions, most likely as an attempt to erase her from history.
Early Egyptians believed that the heart and other major organs had wills of their own and would move around inside the body.
Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C., 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs.
Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days.