The religion of the Ancient Egyptians focussed on the sun which determined the patterns of the seasons, as opposed to the moon, and a solar calendar was developed.
Egyptian Solar Calendar
The Ancient Egyptian calendar is believed to date back to the 3rd Millennium BC which spans the Early to Middle Bronze Age. The Ancient Egyptian calendar and year was divided as follows:
- 10 days = 1 week
- 3 weeks = 1 month
- 4 months = 1 season
- 3 seasons + 5 holy days = 1 year
The 5 holy days were dedicated the gods Osiris, Isis, Horus, Seth and Nephthys. To measure the hours in a day the Ancient Egyptians used a water clock. The Ancient Egyptian calendar was known to be imperfect as the true solar calendar has an extra quarter of the day. This discrepancy was eventually addressed by the Romans who introduced the 'leap year'.
Ancient Egyptian Calendar
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