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Ancient Egypt was a historical civilization in North Africa that lasted from c. 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.


  • Gold jewelry
  • 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)


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


  • Cleopatra (1963)
  • The Prince of Egypt (1998)
  • The Mummy (1999)


  • Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles

TV Shows

  • The Cleopatras (1983)
  • Cleopatra (1999)
  • Ancient Egyptians (2003-2004)
  • Tut (2015)