Jenniphyr (nachzes) wrote in little_details,

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Ancient Egyptian Weather Patterns, Clothing, and Transportation

Hey guys,

I've hit a bit of a snag in my writing. I'm having trouble coming up with information on anything to do in Ancient Egypt, except for God/Goddess-related material.

I] The weather and climate in Ancient Egypt: Whenever I search Google (I've tried "Ancient Egyptian weather", "Ancient Egyptian climate", and "Egyptian weather patterns"), all I come up with are sites on the climate/weather of MODERN Egypt, or sites on Ancient Egypt, but with so little detail that I know it all already.

Things that I know:
1. Egyptian New Year was in June, when the flooding of the Nile began
2. Flooding continued until October
3. The Ancient Egyptians counted largely on the Nile's flooding to grow crops
4. Temperatures in the day could reach about 40-70 degrees Celcius (don't know that in Farenheit -- sorry!), while nighttime temperatures dropped drastically
5. When it stormed, it usually did so during winter; rainstorms could be decades apart, were VERY violent, and often washed away whole villages

Things I need to find out: [Questions answered, but new information is always welcome!]
1. WHERE did they grow crops? WHEN were they planted; WHEN was harvest? WHAT did they grow?
2. HOW LOW were temperatures in the nighttime? Below freezing? Above freezing? Warm to normal people, just cold to the Egyptians? Was there a BIG DIFFERENCE in temperatures between summer and winter? [Question answered; still open to new info, though]
3. Did Egyptian attire change at all throughout the year, or did it just remain the same?

II] And that brings me to my next question: clothing.

Things I need to find out:
1. What were the names for articles of clothing worn? I know that the skirt they wore was called a shenti, but I don't know if that was ONLY for males, or referred ONLY to the shorter skirt and not to the longer version, and I know NOTHING at all about names for their other attire
2. What were the big differences between attire for peasents, and attire for royalty? Was there a middle class in Ancient Egypt, or was it like Tsarist Russia -- rich royals, and everyone else was poor? [Question answered, but new information is welcome, thanks!]

III] And last but not least, what was the most common form of transportation in Ancient Egypt? I think it was probably horseback, but I've heard camel. Did people travel often, or was it just royalty that did so, and how often did THEY travel?

Also, if anyone knows where I could find a map of Ancient Egypt and the surrounding lands, that'd be helpful; and a time chart. I found a site once which had all the different dynasties listed, but I have NO IDEA how to bookmark, and I can't find it again! [Question answered, but you can still reply if you have new information! ^^]

Sorry for the great many questions; hopefully this'll keep this topic open for lots of people....

EDIT 01: I'm looking for times ROUGHLY 3 000 years ago (so...late-"New Kingdom" to mid-"Late Period I", so around 1 000 BC).

EDIT 02: Okay, time period I'm looking at is now officially from 1 500 BC to about 1 520 BC (when Egpt conquered Syria). Also, for "travel", I'm looking for how a royal party would travel across the desert to get to Syria (about ten years AFTER the war). How many people would come, and what would they use? (Yes, I suck. I've never been able to get detailed things when I research for projects, either. XD)

EDIT 03: Many of the clothing/fashion websites suggested talk about men and women in Egypt of all social classes, but neglect to mention children. Does anyone know where I could find information on this? Also, what was Ancient Syrian fashion like? Would they have been made to assimilate to an Egyptian way of life after being conquered by said country, or would they have continued to live like a seperate country ruled by another?
Tags: egypt (misc), egypt: history

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