The Egyptian Calendar

Well, it turns out the Egyptians had only three seasons instead of our four, and they all revolved around the Nile River’s fluctuations.

The first season is Akhet, or Inundation, which was the time of year the Nile River flooded and inundated the land with water. Next came Proyet, or Emergence, when the flood waters receded and the land re-emerged from underwater. Lastly, there was Shomu, or summer, where the Nile just sat there evaporating.

The Egyptians only had 360 days in their calendar, but soon realized that this made them get out of synch with the stars and the sun and the seasons, so they added five more days. Actually, it was the god Thoth who came up with that solution. Clever fellow, that Thoth.

8 Responses to “The Egyptian Calendar”

  1. Paige Says:

    Paige ;)

  2. Dui Says:


  3. leximel Says:

    Hi Theo!
    You have a great website!

  4. Theodosia Says:

    Hullo again, Paige!

    Welcome, Lexi!

    And I do believe a cat must have stomped across Dui’s keyboard!

  5. Chaton Says:

    Most likely. ;3

  6. Kaitlyn Says:

    I agree. :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  7. Moonflower Says:

    You shouldn’t spam, Dui.

  8. Claire Says:

    I remember reading someplace that they knew what time of year it was because of the Nile, and this confirmed it. Thanks for sharing, Theo! I love your info!