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The Nile turned ancient Egypt into a superpower. Source: ahmudz / Adobe Stock.

What Transformed Egypt into an Ancient Power? (Video)

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Egypt's ascent to ancient prominence wasn't a stroke of luck; it was an agricultural transformation that set the stage for unparalleled civilization. The lush Nile Valley, fed by nutrient-rich soil from the Ethiopian highlands, became an oasis of abundance. This fertile land wasn't just a source of sustenance; it was the catalyst for a societal evolution. Around ten thousand years ago, our ancestors grasped the life-giving potential of fertile soil. This revelation marked the shift from nomadic lifestyles to settled farming communities. The Nile Valley, a veritable breadbasket, witnessed the birth of an advanced civilization — ancient Egypt.

State officials took charge of administering fertile lands, overseeing agriculture, livestock, and harvest distribution. Agriculture, the backbone of this burgeoning society, enabled the growth of settlements into powerful entities. The ability to produce a surplus of food became the driving force behind state building, allowing communities to allocate manpower to various tasks. Egypt's transformation into an ancient powerhouse wasn't merely a historical event; it underscores the profound impact of understanding and harnessing the life cycle of fertile soil.

Top image: The Nile turned ancient Egypt into a superpower. Source: ahmudz / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

 
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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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