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Egyptian Calendar

Page history last edited by Luka Novak 13 years, 1 month ago

       Throughout time many calendars have been used. One of these is the Egyptian calendar. The Egyptian calendar was the first solar calendar. It was very precise considering the fact that it was made up of 365 days. These 365 days were organized into twelve 30-day months and five days of holiday. These 30 day months were furthermore organized into three ten day weeks.

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       The ancient Egyptian calendar was based on the moon's cycles, and the Egyptians regulated the calendar by using the stars. However, they then started using the stars more than the moon because they were more accurate.The Egyptian calendar was based on the flooding of the Nile. The star Sirius (the brightest star) was important to the Egyptians and it is of little coincidence that the first flooding of the Nile happened at the same time as the heliacal rising of Sirius. When it comes to seasons, the Egyptian calendar was organized into three seasons. These seasons were akhet (flooding), peret (winter) and shemu (summer). The Egyptians actually used three calendars. One was used for planting crops, another was used to follow the days as the year went on, and the third was used to observe Egyptian festivals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

 

"Egyptian Calendars and Clocks"- http://www.units.muohio.edu/dragonfly/time/egypt.htmlx

 

"Egyptian calendar" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_calendar

 

Pictures

Chuck Bueter - http://analyzer.depaul.edu/paperplate/Egyptian%20calendar.htm

Comments (3)

Anonymous said

at 12:53 pm on Oct 14, 2008

Luka's topic is more detailed than what I have. It could have been better if he had used pictures. Overall, he did a good job.

Anonymous said

at 12:51 pm on Oct 14, 2008

This page is interesting. The most interesting point is how they used the Nile River to make the calendar. You could have added pictures to make your page less bland and more appealing to the eye.

Anonymous said

at 12:51 pm on Oct 14, 2008

good information. but visual presentation could also be used to not only decorate your page but also could provide addition information to the viewer.

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