Ancient Egypt: History and culture
Various aspects of life in ancient Egypt:
Accommodation
Art and artefacts
Building
Clothing and jewellery
The Country and its people: geography, population, flora, and fauna
Drink and Food
Economy, crafts, raw materials, trade, transportation and travel
Farming
Health and Hygiene
Institutions
Leisure and enjoyment
Politics and policies
Religion, mythology, world view
Social relationships and institutions
State institutions
Texts
Language

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Making beer
Making beer, much less widespread in Egypt today than it was in ancient times
Picture source: Jon Bodsworth
 


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Aspects of Life in Ancient Egypt

Egypt - ancient and modern     One of the most astonishing facts about Egypt is how little everyday life changed over the millennia. The rhythm of Egyptian life was the rhythm of the Nile until a few years ago, when the Aswan dam was erected. Even today one can find the ancient shadoof, oxen pulling ploughs and houses made of mud bricks.
    The gods are gone, so are the pharaohs, the language and the writing. The cities look European in a ramshackle sort of way, transportation is partly 20th century, there's some industry, and radio and television are everywhere. But villages in the farther off corners of the country must still look very much like those of thousands of years ago.
 
Concerning these pages
I mostly chose topics not widely dealt with on the web. For the time being I do not include anything about pyramids or royal tombs for instance, as plenty of material can be found on these subjects.
Descriptions generally refer to the period of the New Kingdom.
I've tried to be as accurate as possible. Should you find facts which are incorrect, please let me know. Thank you.
 

List of Topics

Accommodation

Art and artefacts

Building

Clothing and jewellery

The Country and its people: geography, population, flora, and fauna

Drink and Food

Economy, crafts, raw materials, trade, transportation and travel

Farming

Health, Hygiene, Grooming

Institutions

Leisure and enjoyment

Politics and policies

Religion, mythology, world view

Social relationships and institutions

  • Man and Woman: The Family - Husband and Wife - Property - Infidelity - Marital Violence - Death - Divorce
  • Masters and Workers: Labour relations in ancient Egypt
  • Slavery: The Enslavement - The Slave Population - The Price of a Slave - The Treatment of Slaves - Runaways - The Setting-free - The Status of Women and Foreigners
  • The Social Classes in Ancient Egypt: The nobility, the intelligentsia, labour, the outcast, the military, the priesthood, social stability
  • Childhood: Origin - Birth - The Toddler - Education - Coming of Age - Death of a Child
  • Friendship: The Teachings - Literary Friendships - Real-life Friendships - The Pharaohs - The Gods

State institutions

Texts

 

Language


[  ] Source of the three 20th century photographs (reaper, potter, winnowers): University of Washington website

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Offsite links(Opening in a new window)
These are just suggestions for further reading. I do not assume any responsibility for the availability or content of these websites.
 
 
 -Minnesota State University's eMuseum: Daily life in ancient Egypt
-mfa Boston: Explore ancient Egypt
-McClung Museum: Ancient Egypt
-Index of the Petrie Museum website (University College London)
-The pharaonic village
-Master Index of Articles and Essays on Egypt (Touregypt site)
Warning: Some of the articles on the Touregypt site are blatant and systematic plagiarisms and no references are given, with the full knowledge of the site's editor
-Osirisnet by Thierry Benderitter

 

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