A Timeline of Ancient Egypt

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A Brief History

This articles presents a timeline of Ancient Egyptian history and provides links to more detailed articles about the below listed topics from this site!  Please click on the dates to learn more.

Digging Deeper


Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now the modern country of Egypt.

Key Dates

On April 16, 1457 BC, a battle was fought between the forces of the Egyptian Pharaoh and Canaanite states that chafed under Egyptian rule.

On September 28, 48 BC, Pompey the Great was assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.

On August 12, 30 B.C., after the naval defeat of her and Mark Antony’s forces against those of Octavian, and in fear of the public humiliation of being dragged through Rome in chains, Cleopatra committed suicide by snake bite.

On November 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter found the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

On February 16, 1923, King Tut’s burial chamber was entered for the first time in over 3000 years!

On July 15, 1799, French soldiers in Egypt discovered The Rosetta Stone, which is inscribed with three versions of a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V Epiphanes.

In 2014, while cleaning King Tut’s famous mask, conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo got a little carried away and accidentally broke off the beard!

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Boyer, Crispin.  National Geographic Kids Everything Ancient Egypt: Dig Into a Treasure Trove of Facts, Photos, and Fun.  National Geographic Children’s Books, 2012.

Phillips, Martin R.  Ancient Egypt: Discover the Secrets of Ancient Egypt.  Hill Tech Ventures Inc., 2014.


About Author

Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.