According to the History Channel, hippos were hunted in ancient Egypt because they were dangerous, ruined farmers' crops, overturned boats and stampeded. They run faster than people and have strong, destructive jaws. Even in modern Africa, hippos are considered the most lethal animal aside from mosquitoes, which quickly spread diseases.
There is some speculation that Egypt's young King Tut was killed by a hippo. Pharaohs are known to have hunted hippos, and it's likely that 19-year-old Tutankhamen was no exception. His embalming was unusual in that his heart and chest wall were missing, and several of his ribs were broken. An Egyptologist from California State University suggests that these are signs that he was the victim of a deadly hippo attack.Learn More
The three seasons observed in ancient Egypt were Akhet, Peret and Shemu. The seasons were associated with the three phases of farming as well as the rise and fall of the Nile River.Full Answer >
In ancient Egypt, green, or wadj, represented new life, fertility and green vegetation. Red, or desher, also represented life, but it focused more on mature life, blood and action. Black was sometimes associated with new life, but it was just as closely associated with death and resurrection.Full Answer >
Homes in ancient Egypt varied based on the social status of the inhabitant. They did share some similar characteristics including flat roofs, a centrally located hearth and an average of four rooms.Full Answer >
Ancient Egyptians grew a wide variety of grains, vegetables and fruits. The yearly flooding of the Nile River provided plenty of fertile ground for growing wheat, barley and flax as the main crops. Onions, leeks, dates and figs are some examples of vegetables and fruits grown.Full Answer >