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Women in Ancient Egypt

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Women in Ancient Egypt is a detailed and fascinating study of the often overlooked contributions made by women of all classes to the social, and sometimes the political, history of ancient Egypt. Using evidence gleaned from written records, monuments, sculpture, tomb-paintings and the material found in tombs, including objects and human remains, Barbara Watterson has been ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by Amberley Publishing (first published November 28th 1991)
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Mel
This was another Christmas present from Bill as he knows how much I like history about women and social history. It's a new popular history of women's lives in Egypt. As someone whose not read much about Egyptian history I found I enjoyed it quite a bit though there were a few things that the author said that I did shake my head at. One thing I noticed was that despite being published in 2011 nearly all the references used were from 1985 and earlier. This seemed a bit strange to me as if Egyptia ...more
Mel
This was another Christmas present from Bill as he knows how much I like history about women and social history. It's a new popular history of women's lives in Egypt. As someone whose not read much about Egyptian history I found I enjoyed it quite a bit though there were a few things that the author said that I did shake my head at. One thing I noticed was that despite being published in 2011 nearly all the references used were from 1985 and earlier. This seemed a bit strange to me as if Egyptia ...more
Lisa Llamrei
Aug 16, 2016 Lisa Llamrei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ancient Egyptian women did not have gender equality as we understand it. However, they were accorded a higher level of rights and freedoms than women in any contemporary culture, and indeed in almost any culture up until the twentieth century.

Watterson uses evidence found in written records, monuments, tombs, artifacts and even human remains to paint a picture of the lives of women in Egypt from 3100BCE to 30BCE. She writes in a manner easily accessible to the layperson, and breaks the topic dow
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Angela Joyce
Half great, half GROSS! Not the author's fault, I suppose, she was just telling it like it was! I assume.
Elizabeth R.
Jan 02, 2016 Elizabeth R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched. Interesting to learn that in some ways, many ancient Egyptian women had more power and rights than in the 1900s.
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A nice exploration of what can be found or inferred about the lives of women in ancient Egypt. (Of course, "ancient Egypt" is a bit like saying "Western civilisation"; it varies widely by time and place.) While looking at the Nefertitis and Cleopatras, it also explored the everyday woman's life.

For my secondary purposes, there are lots of interesting bits to be mined for worldbuilding ideas. Equality of legal status; slavery not quite what you might expect; matrilineal patriarchy; the Divine Wiv
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