Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ancient History

One of the great advantages to home schooling your child is relearning or learning for the first time many great stories from history. As I have mentioned before we are studying Ancient Egyptian History this year as well as the beginning of time through the Bible. Today we read some very interesting things about Ancient Egypt that I did not know. There is a Cleopatra's Needle which is an obelisk covered in hieroglyphs in London, Paris, and New York. Cleopatra's name is attached to it for no other reason other than a nickname. The obelisk was created centuries before Cleopatra was even born. Another interesting fact is that a time capsule was buried in the pedestal of the obelisk in London. Another thing... I obviously know what the Sphinx is but did not know it was the burial site for Cheops' son Chephren. I guess the old saying is true, you learn something new every day. So far I am finding all of this fascinating.

1 comment:

Fran said...

Hi Diana, there is also a long running political battle over Cleopatra's Needle - the Eygptians want it back! It is one of those arguments that crops up every few years but probably won't be resolved in my lifetime xxx