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Topics: Nile, Ancient Egypt, Egypt Pages: 3 (1477 words) Published: November 2, 2014

it was said by Herodotus ;an ancient Greek historian who's regarded as the "Father of History" in Western culture.. he said"Egypt is the gift of the Nile" admiring the Nile river as God's gift for the Egyptian people,as without the Nile river;Egypt would have been desert.. The Nile was the lifeblood of Egypt. Their civilization depended on it (just as in every other river-valley civ.) Egypt was a glorious civilization, which contributed in many ways to two modern-day civilizations: the West and the Middle East. So in a sense, the Nile "gave" us (meaning the West & Middle East) the gift that was/is Egypt. The Greek historian, Herodotus, coined the phrase that 'Egypt was the gift of the Nile', in his 'An Account of Egypt: Being the Second Book of His Histories Called Euterpe' Herodotus of Halicarnassus was a Greek historian who lived in the 5th century BC (c. 484 BC-c. 425 BC) and is regarded as the "Father of History" in Western culture. He is cited as writing - That of the Nile 'the river rises of itself, waters the fields, and then sinks back again - thereupon each man sows his field and waits for the harvest.' This was obviously referring to the annual flood. He also described Egypt as 'A land won by the Egyptians and given them by the Nile.' So Egypt was the Nile River's gift - because without the Nile there would be no Egypt only desert. So anything derived from the Nile would also be looked upon as a gift - the water, the floods fertile soil, the fish and the rivers obvious use for transport etc.Egypt was called "a gift of Nile" because without the Nile, Egypt would be swallowed up by the barren deserts that surround it. The river provided water for drinking and for irrigation of crops. It also served as a highway for travel. Egyptian merchants traveled up and down the Nile in sailboats and berges, exchanging the products of Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world.   Egypt is called the gift of the Nile because the valley of Nile is...
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