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Egypt History and Culture

Egypt has the richest, oldest and most varied history of any country in the world. The first settlers were the hunting tribes from North Africa who met with the nomadic tribes of Asiatic origin, and settled in North Africa in 12,000BC. The greatest civilization ever known to man - the Pharaonic civilization was considered to be by far the greatest civilization of all.

Overall 30 dynasties existed and were divided into three major periods - Old, Middle and New kingdoms. The Persian invasion was shortlived when Alexander the Great took over Egypt in 322 BC, and brought the Pharaonic period to an end. In 306BC, the Ptolemic era, led by Ptolemy saw the development of Egypt as the cultural and intellectual center of the ancient world. However, the Ptolemaic line ended with the suicide of Cleopatra in 30BC.

Egyptian culture is very much centered around religion and family values. However, there is a vast difference between the rural and urban people of Egypt. The rural inhabitants still live the traditional life of their ancestors and depend entirely on agriculture and live in very modest mud brick houses. In this patriarchal community, the male is still very much the dominant sex and the female still plays the subdued and traditional feminine role. Family ties are very strong, and neigbors are usually treated as family. The urban society still hold on to this traditional system of Egyptian values but to a much less extend. They tend to lead a more modern and westernized lifestyle.

Generally, Egyptians are extremely patriotic. However, they are also known for their helpfulness and friendliness. The dress code is conservative, in line with their Islamic beliefs. Both men and women have to be decently covered, especially the women.


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