Hi GirlMoguls – as your probably already know, the November Book Club kicks off on November 15th and we’re going to be reading Sphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner. Sphinx’s Princess is the story of Nefertiti, an ancient Egyptian Queen or Pharaoh. This books imagines her life before she ascended to the throne – and tells of palace intrigue, spies, and the dangers a smart, resourceful girl faced in a society that thought a woman’s only path was marriage.
The book is an exciting tale and Nefertiti always stays true to herself – even when it costs her.
As part of the book club, we’ll be exploring the figure of Nefertiti herself as well as what life was like for a girl in Ancient Egypt. You can purchase the book at Amazon (you can use the link below) or try you library or local bookstore. Look below for your first “Egypt Lesson”.
So what is it about Ancient Egypt – mummies, pyramids, royal tombs filled with treasure that always fascinates us? Over 5000 years ago, the people of Egypt created one of the earliest, most complex and most influential of the world’s civilizations. Scientists and historians still study and puzzle of the mysteries of the ancient land today.
The Egyptians invented writing and used it to record everything from business records to their own history (though they sometimes changed events to suit their needs). They also created a calendar – with 12 months, as well as the concept of a 24-hour day.
They built huge stone temples and buildings – all without modern tools or machines. And to top it off, the Egyptian civilization continued, relatively unchanged for around 3000 years. When we think about how fast things change today, and all the new things that are invented (think about your grandparents -they might have grown up without color TV, or any TV, let alone DVRs and DVDs) now, it’s pretty amazing that to think that in Egypt things stayed the same for so long. How did this happen – well there are a lot of reasons, but one theory involves the Nile River.
The Nile River is a long and mighty river that cuts its way through the North African desert (Egypt is on northern edge of the African continent). In ancient times, the Nile flooded every year, depositing fertile silt and creating a narrow strip of farmland. The Egyptians depended on this little strip of land to grow food every year – outside of it was the vast expanse of dusty, dry and HOT dessert. This dessert so large it was virtually impassable – protecting the Egyptians from invaders and also from outside influences. Other cultures ways and thoughts didn’t reach Egypt…and so Egypt didn’t change much, until the Roman Empire (another great civilization) conquered it and began to influence (or some might say impose) a new way of life.
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