With any civilization, we must first begin with an overview of the terrain, as the environment played vital roles in how each culture developed. With the Egyptians, these early people began building small communities along the Nile River, which eventually developed into larger towns overtime.
Then there was gold! It was said by a Hittite ruler that there was as much gold in Egypt as there was sand, and they often begged the Pharaoh for it. This enormous wealth allowed Egypt to purchase timber from the Levant, and import other goods into the country, including lapis lazuli, silver, ebony, ivory and olive oil.
We will explore each of these areas in more detail throughout the series as we follow along the great building projects of the Pharaohs.
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