Eye of Horus fractions


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Horus was Egyptian God who fought the forces of darkness (in the form of a boar - a pig) and won. His eye is a symbol for Egyptian Unit Fractions. Each part of the eye is a part of the whole. All the parts of eye, however, don't add up to the whole. This, some Egyptologists think, is the sign that the knowledge can never be total, and that one part of the knowledge is not possible to describe or measure.

Eye of Horus fractions

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An Egyptian scribe from the Fourth Dynasty. The word scribe is applied to clerks, copyists and, more importantly to the class of bureaucratic officials on whom the whole Egyptian system was based. They were an elite who passed their profession from father to son. Scribes were very powerful, or so we think now, as the popularity of the scribe statues overtakes popularity of any other statues apart from god forms.

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