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  • The Pyramids

    4 30.77%
  • Embalming (mummies)

    1 7.69%
  • Papyrus (world's earliest known paper)

    8 61.54%
  • Surveying

    2 15.38%
  • Glass making

    5 38.46%
  • 12-month, 365-day calendar

    6 46.15%
  • Practical inventions such as the pulley, sundial, waterclock...

    3 23.08%
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    Greatest Ancient Egyptian contribution(s) to the world



    Just remaking Zauriel's thread and poll.
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    I think the greatest contribution are pyramids. They are full of secrets, with all those mummies and paintings all over the walls.

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    Embalming is pretty important, too, because it's due to good preservation that we can learn a lot about the ancient Egyptian society.

    I think papyrus is also very important... except I don't know well my world history... so I don't know where else paper was invented... probably it would have been invented somewhere else if not in Egypt, eventually...

    Of course, the calendar is still with us now, and close to everyone in a way that pyramids and mummies aren't... so maybe that is more "important"? It's difficult to say...

    And the "practical inventions"... well, pulley, sundial, waterclock... I don't know what the others are and I'm sure they're all as important... I can't imagine the world without pulleys, for example, but needs must when the devil drives and I'm sure another nation would have invented the pulley if the Egyptians hadn't... In short, I can't say!

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    I voted for papyrus (the ancestor of paper, even if not in direct line), glass making and the 365-day calendar, as they are the only one that have had a lasting effect on modern society. Surveying could be considered, but I think it could have easily developed independently in other cultures (just requires some mathematics, common to all human societies).

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    ancient civilizations are kinda fun to learn about... i think that the calendar is the most important.

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    I too, voted for the calendar ... but ...

    Was it not the Maya who actually nailed it to 365.25 days? (Of course - quite a few years later ....)

    Just a thought ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensuikan San
    I too, voted for the calendar ... but ...

    Was it not the Maya who actually nailed it to 365.25 days? (Of course - quite a few years later ....)

    Just a thought ...

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    I was thinking about that, too. They also had their own pyramids. There's been some speculation because it seems the Maya and ancient Egyptians shared some things in common. But I think it's just a coincidence, though. By the way, the Mayans calendar is still accurate, at least right now it is, becasue they believed the world is coming to an in 2013.

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    i doubt that the world ends in 2013 though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gohan93
    i doubt that the world ends in 2013 though...
    I do too, but that was something that the Mayans believed when they made their calendar.

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    I voted papyrus, because its just considored the natural forfather of paper, even, as said, not directly.

    The carthaginians invented clear glass, while the egyptians only managed coloured, so the carthaginians get the brownie points on that front.

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    Papyrus gets my vote.

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    We still use glass, surveying and pulley and in great quantities. They got my vote.

    I can't believe though that the calendar is winning, lol. It so irrelevant how you call days of week or measure the year. Any callender we'd use, our lives would be exactly the same.

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