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The civilization of ancient Egypt is significant in several ways. Together with those of Mesopotamia, India, and China, it was one of the earliest civilizations, and it is perhaps the best example of continuous cultural evolution based on internal stimuli, rather than the complex mix of internal and external factors found, for example, in Mesopotamia. Egyptian influence on other peoples was also significant. Its hieroglyphic writing system and other cultural elements were adapted by ancient …

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…of Ancient Egypt (1988; repr. 1990); Grimal, Nicholas, A History of Ancient Egypt, trans. by I. Shaw (1992); Hoffman, M. A., Egypt Before the Pharaohs, rev. ed. (1991); James, T. G. H., Ancient Egypt (1988; repr. 1990); Malek, J., and Forman, W., In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Egypt during the Old Kingdom (1986; repr. 1992); Milne, J. G., A History of Egypt under Roman Rule (1992); Strouhal, E., Life of the Ancient Egyptians (1992); . (c) 1997 Grolier, Inc. Bibliography Egypt is significant in several ways.