What to Write in an Ancient Egypt Essay?

Egypt is one of the oldest and most fascinating civilizations in the world. It began around 3150 BCE when the first Pharoah united Upper and Lower Egypt, and lasted until around 332 BCE. During this period, Egypt developed a complex religious mythology and many remarkable achievements in science, mathematics, and architecture.  Most famously, it produced the hieroglyphic system of writing, The Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza.

With such a rich history to work with, it can be hard to even know what to write about if your topic isn’t assigned to you already. The best way to start is by browsing a general article in an encyclopedia, and seeing what areas you’re interested in. Egyptian mythology and the pyramids are always topics of interest, but there’s simply no point in writing about something that bores you.  It’s a good idea to write down several potential topics, and then doing some research to see if there is enough quality source material to work with. Luckily, there’s a huge body of literature on Egypt. Many scholars have been fascinated by this ancient civilization. Keep in mind the length of your assignment. The shorter the paper, the more narrow the subject you want to write about. A long paper could be devoted to the role of the pyramid in Egyptian society and religion, but a shorter paper might want to focus on the building of a particular pyramid.

Once you’ve decided on a topic, your research should be devoted to developing a specific thesis, a definite claim that you will argue for in your paper using evidence collected in your research. You’ll want to brainstorm to help you come up with a thesis. Write down all of your ideas, even if they seem bad or incomplete. This is just a way to generate ideas. (It’s the best way, in fact.) Take good notes while you’re researching. Don’t just read the material. You’re going to need to quote and cite your sources.

Before you write a full draft of your paper, you’ll want to create an outline. The introduction will introduce your topic, Ancient Egypt, in a general way that grabs your reader’s attention, and then state the thesis. The  body will present your evidence, with each paragraph devoted to a single idea. Finally, the conclusion will sum up the paper and restate the thesis.

Posted by November 23rd, 2016