Analysis Of The Pharaoh Menkaure At Giza

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Furthermore, trade among other cultures was being conducted and prosperity blanketed the lands. The pharaohs of this dynasty include some of the best known kings of ancient Egypt. The great pharaoh Menkaure, who’s name means “Eternal like the sun of Re”, is a familiar king to many that know of the great Pyramids of Giza. He was the 5th king of the Fourth Dynasty of Egypt, ruling 2532-2503 BCE, 29 years. As the son of the great pharaoh Khafre he built his pyramid beside his fathers and included a satellite pyramid for his wife Khamerenebty II, who was also his sister. He named his pyramid “Menkaure the divine.”

On January 18, 1910 excavations directed by archaeologist George Reisner at the Valley Temple of the pyramid of Menkaure at Giza revealed heads of a statue. Once the statue was completely freed it revealed a slate carving of the Pharaoh Menkaure and his Queen. Standing at about 4 feet 8 inches high and dating to 2548-2530 BCE it is a prime example of Old Kingdom royal tomb sculpture. The statues position is a frontal
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However, these contrasting beliefs do not make one more valid than the other. The dedication to a belief in eternal life is what summarizes the time spent on earth in an earthly form. Ancient Egyptians believed preservation and living a good life was the ticket to being judged pure and attaining a spot in the afterlife with the gods. The Etruscans beliefs however are more cryptic. With no known discoveries of ancient Etruscan writings most that is known of this culture comes from Roman or Greek texts. Moreover, interpretations of archaeological relics and painted murals in tombs offer various clues that piece together an idea of what Ancient Etruscan society consisted of. A timeline is acquired by the certain invasion of stronger societies around the heartland that Etruscans called home as well as commercial

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