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Chapter 3

delta a triangular region formed at the mouth of a river by deposits of silt
cataracts rocky stretches in a river, marked by rapid currents or waterfalls
Menes First pharaoh of Egypt; he is credited with uniting Upper and Lower Egypt and is said to have founded the city of Memphis, the capital of unified Egypt.
pharaoh ruler of ancient Egypt
theocracy a government ruled by religious leaders who claim God's authority
bureaucracy a highly structured organization, often governmental, managed by officials
Hatshepsut Queen of ancient Egypt; she took the throne in place of her stepson, Thutmose III, and during her reign, focused on temple-building projects and trade.
Ramses the Great Pharaoh of Egypt; he led an army against Hittite invaders of Egypt. He ruled Egypt with extravagance and built more temples and monuments than any other Egyptian pharaoh.
obelisks tall, thin pillars with pyramid-shaped tops
mummification the process of preserving the body with chemicals after death
hieroglyphics a form of ancient writing in which picture symbols represent sounds
papyrus a paper-like material made by ancient Egyptians from the stem of the reedy papyrus plant, which grows in the Nile River
Rosetta Stone a granite stone found in 1799 that bears an inscription in hieroglyphs, demotic characters, and Greek; gave the first clue to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs
Piankhi King of ancient Kush; he led the Kushites north into Egypt conquering all of Egypt and making himself pharaoh
smelt to melt or fuse metal in order to separate the metallic components
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