Out of all the discoveries and topics in this course, I think that Egypt was the most fascinating to me for a couple reasons.
First of all, it cleared up a lot of confusion and misconceptions about ancient Egypt. I enjoyed hearing about all the things that the public believes to be true, but really isn’t. For example, there was the misconception that Napoleon blew off the nose of the Sphinx as target practice. Although this seems very possible, it just isn’t true. Furthermore, many believe that the pyramids were build by slaves. This also just isn’t true, and there is a lot of evidence and facts to support the fact that the pyramids were built as a form of tax to the state. As a man of science and facts, I enjoyed hearing the evidence and truths behind these myths. It is very comforting to know that science is being conducted and analyzed to find out what really happened in Ancient Egypt, and why.
Another reason I loved Egypt is because it seems very foreign and interesting to me. I don’t mean to bash on the Mississippians, but a bunch of mounds in America is not really that interesting. However, the state of Ancient Egypt is all new and interesting. It is not everyday that you get to learn and see pictures about pharaohs, pyramids, and the desert. It all just feels like a mystical other world, something that I would not come in contact with in my life. Egypt was the place of stories and tales, where dangerous adventures and great treasures could be found. Although this class kind of ruined that mystical world, I feel that it was exciting to know the truth. The truth that Egypt was like any other society, besides the giant pyramids and sphinx. And it was great to know that. It is cool to know that an Egyptian was just like me. They were a group of people that had their taxes, their cities, their rulers and laws. It brings this “mystical world” feeling closer to home. This class has really given me insight into how the Egyptians lived, and why their civilization was important to the creation of the modern world.
Many of the topics covered in this course were very interesting. Learning about the Mayans, Incas, and Stonehenge all attracted my interest and curiosity. However, Egypt took the cake as to being the most interesting, because of its fame and mystery.