Egypt most certainly has had a long, long, LONG history. The Egyptian people had a thriving and relatively advanced civilization as far back as 10,000 B.C.! Pyramids, mummies, the Great Sphinx, strange gods consisting of both human and animal parts—all these images conjure up a vision of a remote and fascinating people, even for those who aren't interested in history. There were thirty-one dynasties (different ruling pharaohs) in Ancient Egypt.
By 525 B.C., the Persians began their conquest of Egypt, and shortly after 343 B.C., Egypt was finally conquered by Alexander the Great,making it s Roman province, and Christianity the religion. Later, the Prophet Muhammad succeeded in converting the country to Islam, followed by numerous conquests and political unrest, which still continues today. For a look at the long and tumultuous history of modern Egypt, please see the article at Wikipedia. For a fascinating peek into the relatively peaceful lives of ancient Egyptians, see my book review Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt.
Modern Egypt has a population of over 89 million people. Today, as in ancient times, most Egyptian people live along the Nile because of the country's extremely arid conditions. 99% of the population occupies 5.5%of the land. Egypt spans the two continents of Asia and Africa because of the Sinai Peninsula. The officianl name of the modern country is the Arab Republic of Egypt.
I have lots of awesome materials that will eventually make their way onto this index, including coloring books and both fictional and non-fictional books concerning Egypt. In fact, I've done some research to find novels set in Egypt or which have an Egyptian theme, and have found quite a resource of free eBooks. Check back to this index often and see what's new.