Egypt Through Time The DynastiesWhat is Ancient Egypt?
Why is Egypt divided into 30 Dynasties and different Periods of time?
The dates referred to below and throughout this website remain at the very least slightly fluid as the veil of time greatly inhibit even our modern attempts at a precise dateline. Furthermore, each period was not defined at the time as the ceasing of one “Period” and the commencing of another “Period” although they may well have been demarked by the changing of the ruling elite. These Periods are really used today for our own benefit to split up the massive length of Pharaonic history into smaller and more manageable sections for us to mentally digest.
In general, each Dynasty was ruled by a Family Group who would reign over all or a part of a united Egypt.
The Prehistory of Egypt begins from around 3150BC and the Pharaonic Era commences from roughly 3100BC and continues until the Roman conquest in 30BC.
To learn more about any of the Time Periods below, click on the relevant map
Nomadic Tribes and travellers settled into small communities which were mainly based along the Nile River
The best known projects of the New Kingdom Period are
- The Mansions of Eternity at Abu Simbel
- The Temple of Seti at Abydos
- The new Capital City of Amarna
- Amenhotep III’s Mortuary Temple
- Hatshepsut’s Mortuary Temple
- Thutmose III’s Mortuary Temple
- Luxor Temple
- The Valley of the Kings and Queens
Greek Egypt 332–30 BC
The Ptolemaic Dynasties
Alexander the Great occupied Egypt and declared himself Pharaoh
His General, Ptolemy, followed after his death and established a Dynasty which lasted for nearly 300 years
Monuments erected during this time included
- The Edfu Temple
- Dendera Zodiac
- Pharos of Alexandria
- Temple of Isis at Philae