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This is a picture of pyramids built in the ancient Nile River Valley civilization. These pyramids were created to worship pharaohs. A Pharaoh is the highest ranking official in the government system of the Nile river valley. The Pharaohs were put in sole control of the Nile's government. Pharaohs were believed to be part God which gave them overwhelming power. They had so much control that they commanded their own societies to create buildings of massive size (see picture above). These buildings are called pyramids. Pyramids are large buildings where the outer structures create a triangle. All the surfaces (4) connect at a common point and are supported by a strong base on the bottom of the pyramid. The structure of the pyramids were built with the majority of the weight on bottom of the pyramid and other weight is built on the top. The structure provides a safe and sturty building which is why these ancient artifacts are still around today. The location of the Nile river valley was very safe and free from danger, because of the surrounding Red Sea, which prevented neighboring societies from invading the Nile civilization. Since the location of the Nile was surrounded by water, the need to maintain order and organize community projects arose. Soon small kingdoms were founded by local rulers. These kingdoms gained power and continued to take over territory. With the continuous addition of power, these small kingdoms soon expanded in size and territory. These territories expanded until Egypt was united and a king/leader/pharaoh was chosen. The leader's name was Menes. After Menes' rule, the tradition of pharaoh/leader continued. It is believed that all pharaohs are offspring of Amon, a Sun god. I chose this object because the pyramids describe how important a leader was in the government of the Nile River. With a strong leader in power, the Nile's government continued to expand and maintain an organized government structure. The pyramids help explain the Niles culture by providing visual evidence on the formation of a government system. The creation of a Pharaoh and pyramids helps us better understand how the society of the Nile was run. Pharaohs and pyramids ran the society of the Nile by creating dignified class systems. The class systems determined the wealth, workload, and roles in government( a say in the government). The government was a very important symbol in keeping order and power in a dominant river valley like the Nile. The pyramids not only shows the government in the Nile, but also the influences it had on other future socities. For example, the Nile had the idea of putting one person in power(pharaoh). This influence can be seen in present-day countries. The impact that the Nile River had on present-day countries can be displayed in the influences the civilization had on so many territories.