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    Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    CAIRO (Reuters) – New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt's chief archaeologist said on Sunday.

    Films and media have long depicted slaves toiling away in the desert to build the mammoth pyramids only to meet a miserable death at the end of their efforts.

    "These tombs were built beside the king's pyramid, which indicates that these people were not by any means slaves," Zahi Hawass, the chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, said in a statement.

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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    That idea is straight from the big blockbuster Hollywood movies.

    If you read any books on Egyptology they will tell you that most of the builders were local farmers who were paid to work on the pyramids. They generally worked from June to September during the annual inundation of the Nile.

    The heavy summer rains over the Ethiopian highlands, caused the different tributaries to swell. All of these tributaries met in the Nile which flooded its banks annually. The Egyptians believed this was a blessing from the god Hapi as it brought great fertility to their land.

    So pyramid building was an excellent way to supplement their income when their fields were underwater for several months of the year.

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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    Quote Originally Posted by Rapunzel View Post
    That idea is straight from the big blockbuster Hollywood movies.

    If you read any books on Egyptology they will tell you that most of the builders were local farmers who were paid to work on the pyramids. They generally worked from June to September during the annual inundation of the Nile.

    The heavy summer rains over the Ethiopian highlands, caused the different tributaries to swell. All of these tributaries met in the Nile which flooded its banks annually. The Egyptians believed this was a blessing from the god Hapi as it brought great fertility to their land.

    So pyramid building was an excellent way to supplement their income when their fields were underwater for several months of the year.
    I agree. It's been known for some time that they were well fed and well looked after. Such work could never have been performed by slaves who were whipped and starved. As you say, Hollywood's artistic licence
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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    what about the film 55 days in Peking with John Wayne in it......About the boxer uprising.............God we laughed!!!!!!


    Hollywood = poetic lisence in the extreme

    were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed,
    Ummm question....believed by whom?

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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    Id like to see Egypt step into the 21st century by bull dozing the pyramids and those damned sphinxes and maybe build some nice modern condos with swimming pools because who the hell wants to live in a desert without a swimming pool?
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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    There is a correlation between the word worker and worship, in a advanced civilisation slaves believe they are free.

    we are still building Pyramids and the queen of England is a pharaoh.

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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

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    There is a correlation between the word worker and worship
    A correlation in what non-etymological sense?

    The Oxford English Dictionary derives "work" from various Scandinavian languages, "to do", and "worship" from the Medieval English "worth" as in having value.
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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    A correlation in what non-etymological sense?

    The Oxford English Dictionary derives "work" from various Scandinavian languages, "to do", and "worship" from the Medieval English "worth" as in having value.
    "Workers" an action, completing a goal, doing labour materialistically,
    "worship" an action, achieving a goal, doing labour spiritually.

    I was sure that the Hebrew word for worship was "worker" but I cant find the information.

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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

    You can't just make things up because you like the idea.
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    Re: Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves

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    You can't just make things up because you like the idea.

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