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The annual flooding of the Nile influenced the development of Egyptian civilization. The people began to study astronomy so that they could determine the time of the flood. This led to the creation of a calendar.

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Measuring Time in Ancient Egypt

The water clock was invented to measure the passing of every 12 hours to help astronomers and priests determine the exact hour for daily rituals.

The Coptic Calendar

The Coptic calendar follows the sun and moon to determine when to hold religious festivals. Farmers still refer to the calendar because it is accurate in its estimates of weather conditions, the seasons, agriculture, and the Nile inundation.

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