Ancient Egypt Hygiene

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Ancient Egypt was possibly one of the greatest civilizations in known history. A country is not born great but made great by a strong leader. Of Egypt’s multitude of great leaders none were as notable as Ramesses II who was appropriately referred to as Ramesses the Great. Also, no matter how great the ruler there is not much he is capable of making if he does not have the right tool, but luckily the Egyptians had the land and resources for the civilization to thrive. Additionally, for a country to be strong the people of that land must also have good lives. Many people would say that in order to have a good life you must be in good health. The ancient Egyptian masses had this luxury due to their advancement in medicine and thusly they could …show more content…
Although ancient Egyptian medical practices involved a lot of magic, which could arguably described as a form of psychiatric help or placebo, there was many techniques that the ancient Egyptians used that were well ahead of their time. Many of their practices would become the foundation of hygiene and modern medicine. For example, ancient Egyptian physicians advised their patients to wash and shave their bodies, as well as to eat clean/cooked food . They also had a more advanced understanding of the human body such as a basic understanding of circulation, respiration, and organs. Using this knowledge they were able to perform advanced techniques like surgery and dentistry that were not present in the neighboring empires. This lead to global recognition as these neighboring countries would request Egypt’s physicians. This would help Egypt set up foreign relations and further improve their trade while keeping influential people, like the pharaoh, alive in order for them to continue to lead Egypt to greatness. So, as a result of their prowess in medicine, the ancient Egyptians were able to earn global prestige and continue to allow their great leaders to continue their …show more content…
Luckily for the Egyptians they were blessed a plethora of natural resources which set them up for success. The most important aspect and large source of their natural resources was the Nile River. One example of its importance is that after the floods it provided the Egyptians with rich, fertile soil . Thusly, they were able to grow plentiful harvests to feed themselves in an otherwise barren and inhabitable desert. Another benefit of the Nile was that it allowed the Egyptians to be able to fish once again providing them with a food source, and coupled with the crops mentioned before they were able to trade effectively with other countries. An often overlooked commodity from the Nile was the papyrus that grew along the river’s coast. The Egyptians used papyrus for many things such as making mats, ropes, sandals, medicine, etc. The most notable uses for papyrus however were to make paper and boats. Paper allowed for the Egyptians to record literature, religious texts, magical texts , and important documents allowing for better trade without the risk of miscommunication from word of mouth as well as accurately keeping text of cultural significance. This is not the only way the Nile aided in trade. Being able to produce boats using the papyrus was a benefit, but more importantly the ability to traverse down the Nile by boat gave Egypt a huge advantage through locomotion. Being able

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