Over 2000 years later, Ancient Egypt may seem like a monolithic time frame, but it was an extremely powerful civilization spanning from about 3100 BC to 30 BC. Consider that what we refer to as “Ancient Egypt” spanned a longer period of time than the amount of time since then. In fact, it’s only in the past few decades that the time between Cleopatra and the building of the Great Pyramids became closer than her time from the present day. 

Historians don’t consider this time to be homogenous. The history of Ancient Egypt is often divided into three periods: Old Kingdom (when the Great Pyramids were built), Middle Kingdom (when Hieroglyphs became regularized), and New Kingdom (when King Tut was alive). 


Sometimes all understanding the enormity of the history requires are some quick facts for context. Here are ten time comparisons to help us further understand just how far-reaching the time period was.

Egyptians knew the theory in 1900 BC

ANCIENT EGYPTIANS KNEW THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM 1400 YEARS BEFORE PYTHAGORAS LIVED с b a It makes sense that Ancient Egyptians would be very familiar with triangles. It is believed that Pythagoras traveled to Egypt about 535 вс, and that's where he learned about it. CRACKED.COM

Source: Britannica 

Ancient Egyptians really should have patented it...

ANCIENT EGYPTIANS INVENTED TOOTHPASTE OVER 6000 YEARS BEFORE IT WAS COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE The original toothpaste was made of powdered ashes from ох hooves, myrrh, egg shells, pumice, and water. Mmm, tasty. It was thought to be created between 5000 and 3000 вс. CRACKED.COM

Source: HuffPost

We've had more than enough time to rebuild an empire

WE ARE AS FAR FROM THE BEGINNING OF ANCIENT EGYPT AS THEY WERE TO THE EARLIEST PERMANENT SETTLEMENTS Ancient Egypt started around 3100 вс. Compare that to around 6500 вс, during the Neolithic period when people were beginning to settle in the Nile Valley, using domesticated animals and plants. CRACKED.COM

Source: The Met Museum

Sphinx and Stonehenge are in the same grade

THE SPHINX WAS BUILT AROUND THE SAME TIME AS STONEHENGE The Great Sphinx is thought to, at latest, have been built in 2500 вс, around the same time as Stonehenge. CRACKED.COM

Source: NBC News and BBC

Cleopatra was closer to knowing Myspace Tom than Khufu

CLEOPATRA LIVED CLOSER TO MYSPACE THAN THE BUILDING OF THE GREAT PYRAMIDS was BEACH WESTOFF LINDY SOUTH ASSDENA AX WIL SINRE &# RAL bobbt boy The pyramids were done being built around 2504 вс. Cleopatra was born in 69 ВС and lived until 31 вс, making her closer to the 2003 debut of the Tom's site than that of the Pyramids. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC 

The Pyramids were built without using wheels

THE PYRAMIDS CAME BEFORE THE WHEELBARROW The wheel was invented initially for pottery and didn't make its debut as a thing-mover until somewhere between the sixth and fourth centuries ВС. CRACKED.COM

Source: Smithsonian 

It's all relative

DINOSAURS RULED EARTH FOR 160 MILLION YEARS. HUMANS? A MEASLY 100,000 YEARS The full scale of Ancient Egypt is 30 centuries, which sounds impressive until you take another step backwards and see just how much a drop in a bucket all of humanity is compared to world history. CRACKED.COM

Source: USGS

BY AGE, JESUS COULD HAVE BEEN CLEOPATRA'S GRANDSON We are certainly not suggesting that is the actual case, but historians put Cleopatra's birth at around 69 BC and Jesus' at around 5 ВС. Of course, peoples gave birth much younger so feel free to add some 'great's in there. CRACKED.COM

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