Ruby Tablet Of Set
Inhabiting a land characterized by the regularity of the elements (behavior of the winds, the
Nile, the climate, the Sun, and the skies), the Egyptians sought perfection in stability,
harmony, symmetry, geometry, and a cyclical [as opposed to progressive or linear] concept of
time. Egyptian achievements, correspondingly, were in areas such as astronomy, mathematics,
medicine, and architecture.
Egyptian religion and art tend to be oversimplified in many modern treatments, due in part to
the absence of verifiable data in later history until the deciphering of hieroglyphics by
Champollion in 1822. Because of the destruction and despoliation of ancient Egyptian records
and works of art by religious fanatics of later eras, it is estimated that modern archaeologists
have at their disposal less than 10% of that country's cultural creations from which to
reconstruct its values.