The Ancient Egyptians were some of the most innovative people at the time and had a remarkable influence on modern day culture and simple things we take for granted today like toothpaste.
They invented many things that we may not realize have Ancient Egyptian roots, like, paper, the solar calendar, toothpaste, etc.One of the most widely used resources worldwide is paper. First invented in Egypt, it was named after the plant “Papyrus”. Papyrus is a plant that grew along the Nile River.
The Ancient Egyptians would crush Papyrus herbs, and then soak them in water. They would then allow them to dry. This process would create a form of paper much less dense than our normal paper today. The Chinese adapted this recipe and refined it by using the bark of a Mulberry tree and pounding at it. They would then use the thin layers as paper, and the thicker layers would be saved for later use. In the 1800’s, the Chinese recipe was adapted once again by Friedrich Gottlob Keller. Chemical processes for mass producing wood were first invented by J. Roth’s use of sulfurous acid.
Then, Benjamin Tilghman acquired a patent for the U.S. to make paper using calcium bisulfite.Other common everyday things including the solar calendar were created by the Ancient Egyptians. The vast majority of the planet used the Lunar calendar to calculate time, but it wasn’t until Julius Caesar brought the solar calendar to Rome from the recently conquered Egypt, that the solar calendar was then used in all the territories throughout the globe. It has however been changed throughout the centuries.
The original solar calendar had only 10 months, each with 35 or 36 months, but the Romans added 2 more months, July and August being named after Julius Caesar and Augustus the Third respectively. The calendar was named after the founder, Julius Caesar, hence the name “Julian Calendar” The Gregorian Calendar was created in October 1582 by Pope Gregory the XIII and was used as a modified Julian Calendar. Creating somewhat complicated rules like, every year exactly divisible by four is a leap year, except for years that are exactly divisible by 100, but these centurial years are leap years if they are exactly divisible by 400. For example, the years 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not leap years, but the year 2000 is (-Wikipedia). It is used almost everywhere on this planet.
It is one of the single most influential inventions of all time with only perhaps toilet paper beating it out. Other essentials for western civilization standard of life includes toothpaste. Recently, an old writing on a sandstone tablet was decoded. It instructed how to make “Perfect white teeth”.
This is the oldest formula known for toothpaste and though it was created in 300 B.C. it is often found to be better than the formulas from the 1850s. An Austrian dentist tried the recipe and claimed: “though it made my gums bleed, it was better than most of the toothpaste formulas from the 1800”.
Nearly all western civilization uses toothpaste on a daily basis and the fact it was created from such an ancient foreign land is frankly, surprising.Modern day standard of living is still influenced to this day by this small Roman kingdom on the coast of Africa. Egypt was one of the most resource abundant countries in the world, and in years, that would be in slow decline. However, the country had its time to show its innovation to the world before the end.