Old Kingdom

Ancient Egypt

2575 B.C. - 2130 B.C.

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Government Officials:

Pharaohs

  • Organized strong centralized governments
  • Absolute power
  • Viewed as a god by the people


Viziers

  • Supervised government
  • Tax collection
  • Coordinated Irrigation


Scribes

  • Carried out instructions
  • ONLY people who could read and write

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Strong Government - Bureaucracy

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The Pyramids of Giza

Purpose

  • Built as tombs for the Pharaohs!
  • Pharaohs buried with everything they will need to be prepared for afterlife
  • Began building them as soon as they came to power
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