The Role of the Pharaoh Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the roles of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt.
# 145940 | 1,159 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2010 in Archaeology (Biblical) , Archaeology (Egypt)

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This paper explores the role of the Pharaoh in ancient Egypt and how archaeological findings have changed our understanding of their importance in their culture. First, the paper discusses how the Pharaoh was more than a king, but a god to his people. Various ancient texts are cited that further demonstrate the Pharaoh's significance in his society. Other archaeological records are also noted that show Pharaoh's impact on decisions regarding building projects, medicine and the power of his court. The paper concludes by stating that increased evidence points to the pharaoh's complete supremacy in Ancient Egyptian society.

From the Paper:

"The pharaoh was more than just a king; he or she was central to most--perhaps all--aspects of Egyptian achievement at the societal level. He or she was a priest, a god, the supreme ruler of the government and the military, and the representation of divine power and will on Earth. Certain pharaohs initiated building projects that would last well past their own lifetimes, and others completely changed the religion of their country and their people. Throughout the various Egyptian dynasties in the Northern, Southern, and then long-united kingdoms, the nature and influence of the pharaoh went through several iterations as the civilization advanced. Likewise, the understanding of the immense power and influence held by the pharaoh has shifted somewhat as more archaeological discoveries were made and reinterpreted. An examination of the various literature concerning the pharaohs and Ancient Egypt from throughout this era of discovery reveals the changing and often erroneous understanding of the pharaoh."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • John Kenrick. Ancient Egypt Under the Pharaohs. London: B. Fellowes, 1850
  • James Henry Breasted. History of Egypt from the Earliest Time to the Persian Conquest. New York: Kessinger Publishing, 1909
  • Israel Finklestein and Neil Asher Silberman. The Bible Unearthed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.
  • Mark Lehner. "The Fractal House of Pharaoh." From Dynamics in Human and Primate Societies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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