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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 through the Egyptian Revival style in design and architecture, 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, causing an 'Egyptomania'.


Major Historical Figures[]

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


  • Hieroglyphs
  • Cobras (aka uraeus)
  • Winged sun disks
  • Gold jewelry
  • Diamonds and jewels
  • Thick, heavy eyeliner (kohl)
  • Pyramids
  • Temple pylon gates
  • Mummies
  • Camels
  • 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)

Revivals and later influence[]

There were revivals of the aesthetic of Ancient Egypt during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Architecture and objects in this style are called "Neo-Egyptian" or "Egyptian Revival". The style was popular mainly at the beginning of the 19th century, due to Napoleon Bonaparte's attempt to conquer Egypt, which led to an international Egyptomania. During this period, Neoclassicism (a movement that tries to revive Greco-Roman art), more specifically the Empire style, was the mainstream aesthetic. Because of this, some mixes of Neoclassicism and Egyptian Revival were created. An example of an Egyptian Revival structure is the Egyptian entrance of the Hôtel Beauharnais in Paris, circa 1804, L.E.N. Bataille. Later in the 19th century, some Academic artists made history paintings with scenes from Ancient Egypt, like The Egyptian Widow from 1872 by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, or Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners from 1887 by Alexandre Cabanel.

The style had another wave or popularity in the 1920s, thanks to the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen, opened in November 1922. Because of this, there are some examples of 1920s and 1930s Art Deco mixed with Neo-Egyptian motifs. The aesthetic of Ancient Egypt mixed well with Art Deco due to the fact that both use simplified motifs, geometric shapes, symmetry and repetition. The combinations of intense colours found in Ancient Egyptian jewellery were reused in the 1920s.


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.


  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  • Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan
  • Egyptian series by Wilbur Smith
  • Nefertiti by Michelle Moran


  • Cleopatra (1934)
  • The Egyptian (1954)
  • Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
  • Cleopatra (1963)
  • The Prince of Egypt (1998)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Princess of the Sun (2007)
  • Treasure Buddies (2012)
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
  • Gods of Egypt (2016)
  • The Scorpion King (Film series/spin-off of The Mummy) (2002-present)
  • Night at the Museum series (2006-2023)
  • Mummies (2023)


  • The Cleopatras (1983)
  • Cleopatra (1999)
  • Ancient Egyptians (2003-2004)
  • Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God (2020)
  • Egyxos (2014)
  • Tut (2015)
  • Moon Knight (2022)
  • The Mummy: The Animated Series (2001-2003)

Video Games[]

  • Assassin's Creed Origins (2017)
  • Animal Crossing series (2001-present)

Fictional Characters[]

  • Ankha from Animal Crossing
  • Lucky from Animal Crossing
  • Cleo de Nile from Monster High
  • Nefera de Nile from Monster High
  • Seth Ptolemy from Monster High
  • Imhotep from The Mummy
  • Hawkman and Hawkgirl from DC Comics



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


  • 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


  • 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
  • Powerslave by Iron Maiden
  • Princess of Egypt by E-Type
  • Living on the Ceiling - Blancmange
  • Nefertiti by Two Big Boys


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