Chapter 3 Egypt. The Natural Environment. Valley of 4000 mile long Nile River Benevolent river, floods regularly, deposits silt to renew soil Year-long growing season, 3 crops per year. Egypt’s Isolation and Uniqueness. Egypt’s Protective Isolation
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1. Akhnaton tried a revolutionary idea when he introduced monotheism. Why do you think it failed? Why did the Egyptian population not convert to this radical new approach to religion?
2. Egypt and Mesopotamia both developed along major river systems, yet a comparable civilization did not apparently develop in North America along the Mississippi River Valley. Why do you thin this did not occur? What necessary factors for the rise of civilization were missing? Or was it simply a matter of accident?