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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Ancient Egyptian Government The person who ruled over Egypt at the highest level was the Pharaoh (the king). "Pharaoh" came from the Egyptian words for "great house". The Egyptian belief about the pharaohs was that each of their kings was the human form of the god Horus. This made the authority of the kings stronger. People called viziers helped govern Egypt along side the king. By 1400 B. C., the king hired two of them. One managed the area of the Nile Delta, while the other was responsible for the southern region. Viziers were mayors, tax collectors, and judges, and they might have managed temple treasuries. Horus Pharoah Vizier Kings assumed their position from their father. It was given to the oldest son of the king's chief wife. A lot of Egyptian kings had many other wives, called lesser wives, during the same time. Many chief wives gave birth to no sons, but to daughters, so many of those daughters gained control over the throne. No less than four women were rulers. Practiced workers had to pay taxes by giving some of their goods or services they made. The place where the king kept his property were really warehouses that included mainly crops and other manufactured goods. The government also took taxes paid by labor to get troops and government workers. Taxes Army In the early times, ancient Egypt possesed a tiny army of foot soldiers who used spears. During the 1500's B.C., Egypt assembled a big army. The army consisted of archers who were trained to shoot well while in a moving, horse-drawn chariot.
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