Week 7 Blog Post

In this week’s readings we covered the spread of Christianity into Egypt and the final end of the rule of Pharaohs. For this week’s blog I wanted to discuss the transition from the acceptance of Christianity, as a result of Constantine, to the reduction of Egyptian priesthood and the effect that had on the ancient Egyptian people. Once Constantine accepted Christianity there was some time that Pharaohs and Egyptian priests still remained but within a century of that acceptance they were non-existent. Prior to this happening the Egyptian pharaohs and priests were very much the center of political and economic power. In the third century a very famous, young King  by the name of Alexander was elected King of Greece and he continued his reign down Asia minor freeing many of these countries from Persian rule. As Alexander freed many countries from Persian rule he continued his journey into Egypt. During that time the Persians had taken over much of Egypt. He defeated the Persians in Egypt and took the control of the ancient Egyptians into his own hands.  Alexander was crowned King in Memphis and his time in Egypt did not last long as he continued his journey north to conquer more states. Following his death the ruler Ptolemy took over Egypt and this was the beginning of the Ptolemic Kingdom. This era was significant because of the many accomplishments that scholars had on Egyptian life. Unlike previous eras in Egyptian history that focused on the accomplishments of the Gods and priest, Ptolemy founded Mouseion a learning institution that that housed a library that had collections of the works of 70 scholars and these were translated in many different languages. Although Christianity spread there was still much evidence of the importance of keeping Egyptian culture and beliefs alive and this was present in the Mouseion.

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