The ancient Egyptians believed if you
did not have your name written down somewhere, that after your death,
you would disappear. Everyone made sure their name was written
somewhere, including inside their tombs and graves.
The pharaohs ordered monuments built so
they would be remembered. These
monuments provided places to write their name down in a very public
way. Some monuments were temples. Others were obelisks.
were made of stone, and often built in pairs. Each obelisk was at
least 70 feet tall and most were taller. Each was decorated with
writing telling of the great achievements of the person each obelisk
information has told us a great deal about ancient Egyptian life.
& Old Kingdoms; Build an Obelisk at Mysteries of the Nile
See Also: Cartouche