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Monday, March 5, 2018
Ancient Egypt was one of the oldest civilizations on Earth. One of six civilizations globally to arise independently. It also produced one of the most ancient and the only surviving wonder of the ancient world, The Great Pyramid of Giza, not to mention other historic wonders.
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Today's Random Fact:
Contrary to popular belief, excavated skeletons show that the pyramid builders were actually Egyptians who were most likely in the permanent employ of the pharaoh. Graffiti indicates that at least some of these workers took pride in their work, calling their teams "Friends of Khufu," "Drunkards of Menkaure," and so on--names indicating allegiances to pharaohs.
Although popular legend blames Napoleon and his troops during the French campaign in Egypt (1798-1801) for having shot the nose off the Great Sphinx, in fact this story just isn't true.
It is not known who destroyed the nose of the Sphinx. There are sketches of the Sphinx without a nose in 1737, over 60 years before Napoleon reached Egypt and hundreds of years before the British and German armies of the two World Wars. The only person known to have damaged it was an Islamic cleric, Sa'im al-dahr, who was lynched in 1378 for vandalism.