Ancient Egypt was a dynastic society that lasted for over three thousand years. Egypt's mere name inspires images of regal pharaohs and abundant riches. Indeed, Egyptian leaders were believed not only to have the approval of the gods but to be deities themselves. To honor their leaders in the afterlife, ancient Egyptians built awe-inspiring tomb pyramids and elaborate temples. Readers examine this amazing ancient society, including its great dynasties, religious beliefs and practices, arts, economy, and way of life. A final chapter discusses the modern country of Egypt and the economy, culture, and politics of its people today.