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Read Daughters of Isis Women of Ancient Egypt Penguin History eBook Á Paperback Á reflectionslisburnltd Ë In ancient Egypt women enjoyed a legal social and sexual independence unrivalled by their Greek or Roman sisters or in fact by most women until the late nineteenEnt Egypt weaves a fascinating picture of daily life – marriage and the home work and play grooming and religion – viewed from a female perspective in a work that is engaging original and constantly surprisin This was an enlightening read into the society of Ancient Egypt While a little fact heavy at times the author did a commendable job of providing insight into the history of a society heavily influenced by the Royals with little recorded of the everyday occurrences which majority of their population lived daily Occasionally there is deviance from the title of the book being that little information is known in some cases of a woman's life so the author instead focuses on other facets of life Interesting nonetheless of course however some chapters contain little details into the actual life of a woman although this is due to the small amount of recorded information available rather than the author's own discretion This reader feels the book was a general view of Egyptian society with a strong focus on the role of women rather than focusing on women exclusively

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In ancient Egypt women enjoyed a legal social and sexual independence unrivalled by their Greek or Roman sisters or in fact by most women until the late nineteenth century They could own and trade in property wor The time of Ancient Egypt here means 3000 BC to 332 BC a time of great independence and being influential if you were royal for women living there very different from the status of women in other countries like Rome and Greece The daily life varied a bit with changes over time and also according to the class the women belonged toThere are two photo sections in this book plus some maps and at the end there is a simple timeline of historical events notes and selected bibliography There are uotes from ancient texts in the main part of the bookOf course the knowledge here is from the time of the book's release c1993 so there must've been some new information found later on but in general what this book tells us hasn't changed much nor the life of the poorer end of people living on the banks of Nile now though their religious beliefs have changed The class pyramid back then was uite rigid but accepted but there was also suprising freedoms within itI'll write here what the contents of the chapters are like cut for lengthview spoiler1 What the view on women was in the arts and the law; art was strictly within rules and things were presented as the ideal was On statues personal writing mostly men's The medical papyri tells a lot life was short and full of the risks of diseases Women lacking in stories Law wise lots of eual rights2 marriage motherhood and childhood no teens marriage age for girls 8 to 14 years marriage process daily life divorce Sexual things in art and tombs No killing of girl babies Dangers of birth and purification after Naming breastfeeding wet nurse work3 housework and food extended family living under the same roof; house styles and building materials; country life preferred; pests lack of sanitation trash heaps; doing laundry little furniture; cooking ovens; style and amount of food; food as payment bread beer; making bread; beef was only for the upper classes; banuets; the type of beer thick sweet low on alcohol4 work and play schooltime women working on husband's behalf or helping some; outside home work for women; music and instruments; weaving work; being a servant; lack of currency; tax collecting; market life; freetime activities incl board games and tomb picnics5 good grooming cosmetics for all; hair removal bathing; lavatories period cloths; oral hygiene lacking; body oils and the one they put on top of the head at parties in cone form; hairstyles wiges; tattooing; nudity acceptance; clothes styles; sandals; jewelry; mirrors hand only for upper classes6 the royal 'harem' not what one migth assume at first incl relatives wives concubines children nurses personal attendants burial place; receiving but not giving foreign princesses; traveling and in place; plots treason intrigue; one top wife with privileges; brother sisterfather daughter marriages; titles of importance7 female pharaohs not many the author lists six known at the book release time; the rule often brief; things from their rule effaced or destroyed later; the six here each get a short biography8 religious life and death much variety and the layers the official ones the regional and family cults and lower level tradition magic superstition witchcraft The pharaoh or priests communicated with gods; religion stability than spirituality meaning; no creed no fixed morals; temple front spaces open to the public only on festival days for watching the processes; biggest gods Osiris Re and Amen of goddesses Isis Hathor Bast Bes; honoring the dead at home death preparations; death at home; objects and actions against death; afterlife beliefs; body preservation styles; funerary practices; grave objects; letters to the deceased; the funerary stelae writings hide spoiler

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Daughters of Isis Women of Ancient Egypt Penguin HistoryK outside the home marry foreigners and live alone without the protection of a male guardian Some of them even rose to rule Egypt as ‘female kings’ Joyce Tyldesley’s vivid history of how women lived in anci Tyldesley's book is the perfect mid range level for the amateur academic Referring to material and theories that are in depth than the casual reader might expect yet covering the topic in a reasonably broad manner without the lengthy exploration of detailed obscure evidence that a specialised professional academic might expect from the literature Daughters of Isis is perfect for the beginner or undergraduate with existing partial or broad knowledge seeking to learn about Egyptology feminist theory within archaeology or bothThe book begins by covering the geographical and historical background an introduction which sets the scene for the explored topic of the book which was both useful and accessible The meat of the book then begins by studying the images of women in Ancient Egypt This is perhaps the obvious place to start as the surviving images are where we can draw much of our clues about the lives of Egyptian women This is followed with chapters examining women's roles as wives mothers and work both running the household and seeking employment outside of it After a brief look at the importance of grooming for both female and male genders in Ancient Egypt Tyldesley finishes with an exploration of the lives of higher ranking women in society and some of the notable ueens Consort and Regnant It would have perhaps been better from a story telling point of view to place these chapters on individuals first in the book as they are engaging and tell of a story than the chapter on how we can interpret the roles of Egyptian women from the surviving images some readers may find it a little difficult to get into the book due to the dryness of the first chapterAll round a good read for student academics or those with an existing interest in ancient Egypt Not the most gripping read in the world but informative and educational Overall a good read