Ancient Egypt was one of the greatest civilizations that the world has ever known. Their culture lasted for thousands of years and was established long before the likes of the Roman Empire. Even more impressive though was the work they left behind – monuments such as the great pyramids, the Great Sphinx of Giza and other work that includes spectacular tombs and splendid works of art. Despite their fame and place in history, there is still plenty that most people simply don’t know about Ancient Egypt.
They Signed One Of The Earliest Peace Treaties
After spending decades fighting each other for control of lands in what is today Syria, the Egyptians forged a peace treaty with the Hittite Empire. This was largely down to the fact that neither side looked like they would be victorious in the conflict and both were facing threats from third parties. The Egyptian-Hittite treaty ended hostilities and set out terms in which each nation would help the other if it was attacked.
Workers Were The First To Strike
Considering the large buildings and monuments that they were frequently paid to build, it is no surprise that laborers would frequently campaign for better conditions and pay for the work they were doing. Ancient Egyptian workers were some of the first in the world to organize strikes in order to get their grievances heard, often conducting sit-ins at temples.