Ancient Civilizations Reference Library Vol 1 Almanac by Judson Knight; Stacy A McConnell; Lawrence W Baker

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In ancient Egypt, by contrast, there was only one “star,” and he was the pharaoh. ” This was the title for the king of Egypt, but the pharaoh was much more than a mere king. He was seen as a link between the gods and humankind, and the people viewed him more as a divine being than as a human. They addressed him as “son of Ra” or by other godlike names, and they considered him an earthly embodiment of Horus. Thus Egyptian illustrations often portrayed the pharaoh as a falcon, like Horus, whose wings covered the world.

Look up examples of ancient Sahara rock art in Basil Davidson’s Ancient African Kingdoms, pp. 43—57 (see bibliography of AFRICA chapter); in the June 1999 National Geographic (“Ancient Art of the Sahara” by David Coulson, pp. 98—119); or some other source. Pick out a piece of artwork that interests you, read the caption to learn more about it, and draw your own version. xliv Ancient Civilizations: Almanac • Interview a doctor about the Hippocratic Oath. What does it mean to him or her? What are some situations in which he or she has applied the Oath?

Pick a five-page section of text in this series or another appropriate volume. Copy the pages, then read them and highlight all words of more than two syllables. Look these words up in a dictionary and make a list of all those derived from Latin, as well as those derived from Greek. Also include the original Latin or Greek word and its meaning. For example, section comes from the Latin secare, to cut; appropriate from proprius, to own; and volume from volumen, a roll or scroll. • Conduct an athletic event similar either to a tlatchli match, substituting handball, tennis, or volleyball for the Mesoamerican game; or a Greek footrace in the Olympics.

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