Home to the world’s first civilization, Egypt, thought to have begun hundreds of thousands of years ago. North African countries are comprised of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara.
It's said it may have taken 200 years to build a pyramid
Some pyramids were built in groups during the same time
Pyramids were built to hold pharaohs and their queens
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Architecture: There are the engineering feats of the Egyptians: the bafflingly raised obelisks and the more than 80 pyramids. The largest of the pyramids covers 13 acres and is made of 2.25 million blocks of stone.
Facts of Interest/Achievements
Astronomy & Mathematics: Egyptians charted the movement of the sun and constellations and the cycles of the moon. They divided the year into 12 parts and developed a yearlong calendar system containing 365 ¼ days. Clocks were made with moving water and sundial-like clocks were used. Many modern high-school-level concepts in mathematics first were developed in Africa, as was the first method of counting. More than 35,000 years ago, Egyptians scripted textbooks about math that included division and multiplication of fractions and geometric formulas to calculate the area and volume of shapes. Distances and angles were calculated, algebraic equations were solved and mathematically based predictions were made of the size of floods of the Nile. The ancient Egyptians considered a circle to have 360 degrees and estimated Π at 3.16.
1 / 12 L'Oiseau Dans l'Espace - Astronomy in Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Calendars
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Amanirenas: Kandake (Queen) of Kush (Egypt) led her army against the Romans, who took over Egypt after Cleopatra VII's death. The war lasted for 5 years and battles went back and forth until a peace treaty was finally reached. Queen Amanirenas is remembered as being brave, courageous and fearless.
Amanirenas of Meroe (c. 20 B.C.)
Kandake Amanirenas, here identified by JC Coovi Gomez on the Barwa's Beg pyramid n°
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Hannibal: Hannibal, ruler of Cathage, was one of the greatest generals to date. Carthage is modern-day Tunisia. His tactics are still studied by army leaders all over the world today. He was the best military strategist in history. His armies included African war elephants and Numidians. The Numidians were from present day Algeria. Hannibal invaded Italy for 15 years. He also conquered major portions of Spain.
The image of Hannibal and Elephants he used in battle on a coin
Hannibal and his army
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