The impressive thing about Egypt is that the end of the last native dynasty when Ptolemy took over the country following the conquest of Alexander the Great is still closer to the present day than it was to the founding of the monarchy. And during that whole time, it had a written history. So, 800 years could go by in Egypt, and things would have changed, but they wouldn't have. Egypt was around long enough that it had three dark ages and three golden ages while the rest of the world was just getting warmed up and learning to write.[MENTION=10869]In fact our massive campaign was picked up 800 years later after the initial heroes were turned to stone. Heroes from another time found them and converted them back to flesh. It was great b/c I got to show how the culture had changed.
But just to show how mixed up this can get when dealing with a fantasy world my 'Egypt' isn't even in my 'Africa', but in my 'South America', and my 'Carthage' isn't really in either one, but located north of my 'Byzantine' which is in my 'Africa' (which is south of 'Asia' and not 'Europe').