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Ancient Egypt was a historical civilization in Northern Africa that lasted from 3150 BC to 30 BC. The boundaries of the period are set by the beginning of the dynastic monarchs (pharaohs) who ruled Egypt and Rome's conquest of Egypt.

The aesthetics of Ancient Egypt have influenced art and design for thousands of years. In recent centuries it was most prominent during the Victorian Era, due to early archeology in Egypt. In the 1920s, after Howard Carter and his team opened the tomb of King Tutankhamun (King Tut), Egyptian art influenced the Art Deco movement.

Visuals

  • Gold jewelry
  • Diamonds and jewels
  • Thick, heavy eyeliner (kohl)
  • Pyramids
  • Mummies
  • Sand
  • Palm trees
  • Papyrus reeds
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphics
  • Ushabti
  • Blue scarabs
  • Cats, especially black ones
  • Nefertiti headdress
  • Cleopatra hairstyle (shoulder length straight black hair with thick bangs)

Major Historical Figures

  • Menes
  • Ramesses II
  • Hatshepsut
  • Nefertiti
  • Amenhotep III
  • King Tutankhamun
  • Cleopatra VII (usually referred to in popular culture simply as Cleopatra)

Media

Ancient Egypt is a popular setting for fantasy films, especially those involving time travel and magic. Supernatural and horror movies make use of the "Mummy's Curse" trope.

Literature

  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  • Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan

Movies

  • Cleopatra (1963)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • The Prince of Egypt (1998)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
  • Gods of Egypt (2016)

TV Shows

  • The Cleopatras (1983)
  • Cleopatra (1999)
  • Ancient Egyptians (2003-2004)
  • Egyxos (2014)
  • Tut (2015)
  • Moon Knight (2022)

Music

Artists

  • Solferino & Ibis Babe'
  • Maya Theravada
  • Derek Fiechter and Brandon Fiechter

Albums

  • Ancient Egypt by Derek Fiechter and Brandon Fiechter
  • Ancient Egypt II by Derek Fiechter and Brandon Fiechter
  • Desert Dreams by Derek Fiechter and Brandon Fiechter
  • Redemption by Celestial Aeon Project
  • Music of Egypt & Arabia by Maya Theravada
  • As Bright as a Thousand Suns by Arcana
  • The Mummy - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith

Songs

  • Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles
  • Camel by Camel by Sandy Marton
  • Ankh by Solferino & Ibis Babe'
  • Pharaoh's Dreams by Maya Theravada
  • Desert Village by Celestial Aeon Project
  • Abyddos by Ani Williams
  • Momia by World Music Official
  • Dark Horse (ft. Juicy J) by Katy Perry

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