I made this Egyptian man art print for a series of history timeline pictures. It was one of my 10 first attempts to use 3D images as source for my artwork. I finished it around mid 2007.
When I was about 7 or 8, my mother started to buy an Ancient History encyclopedia for me. It was divided into weekly booklets that she bought every Monday and read to me every afternoon after lunch.
I remember very vividly the Ancient Egypt series with very neat illustrations and easy-to-understand content.
My mother was a bachelor in history and psychology, which gave her the ability to fill in the eventual blanks with valuable and interesting information for a kid of my age.
I find that this was the first step, along with the Asterix comics, to create a history curious mind on me.
School time came and bad teachers turned that off a bit, but my parents were wise enough not to push too hard on the matter and just kept taking me to events and entertainment that had historical information.
Among the many, I should mention:
|Museum of Natural History in New York
The Louvre Museum
The Ten Commandments
El Cid (dad)
Jesus Christ Superstar movie
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Castles and Churches
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Henry VIII and His Six Wives
Anne of the Thousand Days
The idea was never to make me learn stuff by heart, just bring up an acquaintance to the images of periods and entertain.
Some of them were boring? Sure, but I had a special guide that would explain (we sat in the back) almost every doubt I had. That would later lead to very interesting conversations for a curious-oriented child.
Concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River, Ancient Egypt was a civilization of Northeastern Africa that goes back over 7000 years.
Ruled by Pharaohs, a series of stable Kingdoms separated by periods of relative instability characterize the history of ancient Egypt.
Great pyramids were built in those times
Egyptians rivalled the Hittites, Assyrians, and Mitannis, at the same time of their pinnacle power during the New Kingdom, in the Ramses dynasty period. After that, entering a period of slow decline.
Even being invaded or conquered by a succession of foreign powers that impacted it’s culture, the Macedonians, in the aftermath of Alexander the Great’s death, were the most influential.
Ptolemy Soter, one of his generals, established himself as the new ruler and his dynasty ruled Egypt until 30 BC. Cleopatra fell to the Roman Empire and the region became one of its provinces.
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