Pyramid Power – An Egyptian Time Line Carved in Stone by C. L. Lewis author of the young adult fiction series, The Road to Dendura, www.creedgriffon.com


Part 2: A Visual Egyptian Time Line Carved in Stone

In
part one of my last blog, I started a visual time line of the
Giza pyramids for a special reader of mine. She in fact had some very good questions and I hope today – I will have answered them for
her. However, if you would like to take a peek at part one for yourself,
I’ve pasted that link below. 

For those of you unfamiliar with my young adult fiction series, The Road to Dendura, it just so happens to deal with modern day issues mixed with a mystical and magical ancient Egyptian flare! For detailed information on the Creed Griffon series click on this link. I thank you for your interest.

Today,
we’ll end our visual time line with the three most famous pyramids in Egypt.
They are the pyramids located on the Giza plateau. The most famous and
largest of the three is referred to as the great pyramid. It took over a ten to twenty year period to complete and concluded around 2560 BC. The great pyramid was built
for the pharaoh Khufu, also referred to by the Greeks as Cheops.He ruled from 2589 -2566 B.C. Khufu’s
pyramid originally stood approximately 481 feet tall, is the oldest of
the three, and is the only remaining structure of the seven ancient wonders of the
world. Make sure to look at the size of people and cars relative to the pyramid’s size!

On a side note: The pyramids were formed in their famous pyramidal shapes because it was said to mirror the rays of the sun…



The
second largest pyramid at Giza was built for Khufu’s son Khafre during
his reign as pharaoh.He ruled from approximately 2558 to 2532 BC. You can still see a tiny portion of the smooth
limestone cap in place at the pyramid’s peak. Originally, this covering would have once blanketed all
of its sides. Legend says that Khafre, being a good son, did not want to out
do his father’s handiwork. Therefore, he made his own pyramid slightly
smaller. Khafre’s pyramid originally stood approximately 448 feet. *I know that if you look at all three pyramids at once, Khafre’s pyramid may appear taller. However, this is due to an ancient Egyptian optical illusion – being that Khafre’s pyramid was constructed on slightly higher ground. I believe this allowed him to still pay homage to his father, Khufu yet at the same time declare his own power and might!

The
last of the three pyramids was built for the pharaoh Menkaure. His reign began in 2532 and lasted approximately 22 years until 2503. As
you’ve probably guessed, he was the son of Khafre and was Khufu’s grandson.
Following in the tradition of his father, Menakure’s pyramid originally
stood 228 tall. It was one-tenth the size
of Khafre’s. And unlike the other Pyramids, whose exteriors were sheathed in limestone, Menkaure’s pyramid was sheathed
in granite on the bottom levels and in the burial chamber. This was a costlier, more difficult stone to work with. Unfortunately, Menkaure died unexpectedly, and work on his pyramid complex was abandoned as can be seen by the unfinished stone picture below. Menkaure’s heir, Shepseskaf,
most likely completed his predecessors pyramid complex using mud brick. 

There is so much more I’d love to share about ancient Egyptians and their culture!! They are a people that truly amaze me. – But I’ll have to leave that for a different blog. As you can see, this one is getting rather long.  

**If you have a little bit more time and would like to see how papyrus (ancient Egyptian paper ) was made or would like to use an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic typewriter click on this link.

To my special friend Elisha – You’re totally awesome and your enthusiasm for Egypt is incredible! Never let that go! 
 

P.S. I hope I’ve answered all of your questions! 

  

Your friend, 

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