About foreigners in ancient egypt in ancient egypt one of the primary roles of the king was to maintain order and destroy chaos since the beginning of egyptian history images of foreigners were used as symbols of chaos and thus shown as captives being bound and trampled under the kings feet. Copies of ancient theban painting the ancient egyptians understood the concept of life and death in a very literal sense providing the deceased with everyday objects and luxury items decorating the walls of their tombs with scenes of harvests hunts and feasts. Ancient egyptian paintings oiuchicagoedu oiuchicagoedu ancient husband was engaged in copying the tombs of the theban nobles on behalf of the metropolitan museum of new york endowed the graeco roman mummy portraits belong to the art of greece rather than to that of egypt within our period the scenes selected. Thebes thebes one of the famed cities of antiquity the capital of the ancient egyptian empire at its heyday it covered an area of some 36 square miles 93 square km the main part of the city was situated along the niles east bank along the west bank was the necropolis or city of the dead an area containing the royal tombs and mortuary temples as well as the houses of those
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