I think the most important event to discuss about Ancient Egypt (if I had to choose one) would be when Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt united. The unification of Egypt into one kingdom allowed for the first dynasty to begin and for the official beginning of the of the kingdom of Egypt.
I believe that this is important because discussing this in class allowed us to talk about Narmer (Menes) and the archeological record that made him foreseeable at the first pharaoh of the first dynasty and the person who united the two parts of Egypt. I think one of the first things that students studying Egypt recognize is the double crown of the pharaoh that represented Upper and Lower Egypt as it is a symbol seen repeatedly throughout ancient Egypt art and architecture. What was important to me to learn about was the Narmer palette, which shows Narmer wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt killing an enemy, among other scenes. The many scenes depicted on the palette are a clear visual of Egypt in the times before the unification occurred and possibly show that warfare may have been a major reason for the unification to occur. This palette showed scholars that Narmer played a large and important role in predynastic times in Upper Egypt.
The succession of the throne from Narmer to Aha led the path of succession and gave an ideal for future pharaohs to follow. The kingdom began to flourish, and trade, religion, and art were styled by direction of the state. These traditions were used, modified, and perfected by later dynasties. I think that the success from this very early period are important to discuss, even though there is not as much known about these first pharaohs and the people of this time. Their actions and adaptations led to a successful culture that would be known for it’s immense longevity.