| Egyptian civilization arose in a riverine floodplain surrounded by virtually reinless desert, a landscape very different from what most of us are familiar with. Ancient Egyptians living along the Nile developed one of the world's longest lived and most successful ancient civilizations, with a continuous development spanning more than 7000 years.
One of the defining features of ancient Egyptian civilization is the tremendous importance of its semi-divine rulers, the pharaohs. The office of Egyptian kingship was perceived as scared and the kings themselves were understood to be intermediaries between mankind and the gods. The role of pharaoh is most visible in the emphasis placed on the king in the monumental record.
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