Women in Ancient Egipt Reader á 208 pages Download

Gay Robins Å Women in Ancient Egipt Book

Women in Ancient Egipt Reader á 208 pages Download ë An idealised version of women appears everywhere in the art of ancient Egypt but the true nature of these women's lives has long remained hidden Robins' book gracefully written and copiously illustrated cuts through the obscurity of the ages to show us what the archaeological An idealised version of women appears everywhere in the art of ancient Egypt but the true nature of these women's lives has long remained hidden Robins' book gracefully written and copiously illustrated cuts through the obscurity of the ages to show us what the archaeological riches of Egypt really say about how these women lived both in the public eye and within the familyThe art and written records of the time present a fascinating puzzle But how often has the evidence been interpreted consciously or otherwise fro Clear thorough and informative if a bit dry

Book Æ Women in Ancient Egipt Å Gay Robins

M a male viewpoint? Robins conducts us through these sources with an archaeologist's relish stripping away layer after interpretive layer to expose the reality beneath Here we see the everyday lives of women in the economic legal or domestic sphere from the Early Dynastic Period almost 5000 years ago to the conuest of Alexander in 332 BC Within this kingdom ruled and run by men women could still wield influence indirectly and in some cases directly when a woman took the position of king The exceptional few who assum An objective and interesting in depth look at what we suppose life for women in Ancient Egypt was like At times it read like a textbook because the author was truly striving for objectivity I did miss the conjecture and speculation that spices up a lot of pop history books

Book Women in Ancient Egipt

Women in Ancient EgiptEd real power appear here in colorful detail alongside their traditional counterparts Robins examines the ueens' reputed divinity and takes a frank look at the practice of incest within Egypt's dynasties She shows us the special role of women in religious rites and offices and assesses their depiction in Egyptian art as it portrays their position in societyBy drawing women back into the picture we have of ancient Egypt this book opens a whole new perspective on one of world history's most exotic and familiar culture This was by far the best book on Egyptian history I've read so far Robins set out in the beginning stating exactly why she was looking at the subject why it was important and what the evidence stated It definitely was written as a social history with Robins paying particular attention to changes over time and made sure to include when the sources that she was talking about were found One small complaint about this was that rather than including the dates in brackets after the dynasties as is done in Chinese histories the reader was left to flip to the chart at the front of the book to check the dates for what was being discussed Overall Robins gave a great sense of caution to interpreting the different evidence of the position of women At times this sense of doubt seemed to be taken a bit too far for instance when she said that just because there was a word for women scribes and women were seen with scribal tablets and writing euipment under the seats shouldn't be interpreted that they were actually women scribes or that they were even literate She suggests how women writing letters to each other could easily have been written by a male in the household and read out to the women recipients Which seems to be trying to stretch the evidence a little further than necessary in the opposite direction but all told I'd rather read a cautious writer to one who took the flimsiest evidence and ran with it The book looked at royal women the working lives of women their legal status and their role in religion The legal status and the role in religion I think were the most interesting It was good to see how much control and independence and how much legal protection women actually had I felt that I learned uite a bit even if not much is known for sure