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Daily Life Ancient Egypt

  1. 1. Of the Ancient Egyptians By Jessica Bautista Daily Life
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>Family Life </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Parties </li></ul><ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce </li></ul><ul><li>Houses(Rich People) </li></ul><ul><li>Houses(Commoners) </li></ul><ul><li>Credits </li></ul>
  3. 3. Family Life <ul><li>They loved their children. </li></ul><ul><li>In lower class families the mother raised the children. </li></ul><ul><li>In wealthy families, they had slaves and servants that assisted them in taking care of the children. </li></ul><ul><li>If a family could not have children, they would pray to the gods all the time. </li></ul><ul><li>They would also use magic to try to get children </li></ul><ul><li>They could also adopt if they wanted to. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Entertainment <ul><li>Most of their relaxation happened at the Nile River. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities include: fishing, river boat outings, swimming, hunting crocodiles and hippopotamuses </li></ul><ul><li>Also played boat games where two teams of men in boats had long poles, and they would try to push the other one into the water. </li></ul><ul><li>Hunting in the deserts </li></ul><ul><li>Noblemen especially loved it. </li></ul><ul><li>They first hunted by foot. </li></ul><ul><li>Overtime they used horses and chariots. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the animals the Ancient Egyptians hunted were the fox, hare, and the hyena. </li></ul>The Nile River
  5. 5. Parties <ul><li>The wealthy Egyptians held parties </li></ul><ul><li>Supplied plenty of food, beer and wine. </li></ul><ul><li>Singers, dancers, acrobats, and musicians were hired to entertain. </li></ul><ul><li>Egyptians also played instruments such as the lute, harp, and lyre. </li></ul><ul><li>Liked to play board games like Hounds & Jackals, and Senet. </li></ul><ul><li>Children played with toys like carved ivory animals, wooden horses on wheels, and balls. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Women <ul><li>An Egyptian wife and mother were respected in this ancient society. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes wives and mothers of pharaohs were secretly the &quot;real&quot; ruling power in government </li></ul><ul><li>Commoners did not know about it. </li></ul><ul><li>Were treated equally as men in many ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Owned land, took part in business deals </li></ul><ul><li>Punished the same ways as men were </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Hatshepsut was the only woman who stood out of the line when she announced herself pharaoh. </li></ul>A statue of QueenHatshepsut. Displayed at the Metropolitian Museum of Art.
  7. 7. Children <ul><li>Young boys learned to trade or craft from their fathers. </li></ul><ul><li>Young girls worked and were trained at home with their mothers. </li></ul><ul><li>Families that could afford sent their sons (age 7) to school. </li></ul><ul><li>They would study religion, reading, writing, and arithmetic there. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no evidence of schools for girls </li></ul><ul><li>Some were home schooled. </li></ul><ul><li>Those who were could read and write. Some even became doctors. </li></ul><ul><li>When parents were too old to take care of themselves, the children were expected to take care of them. </li></ul><ul><li>When parents died, the sons were given the land and daughters were given household goods (furniture and jewelry) </li></ul><ul><li>If there were no sons in the family, the daughters would be able to tinherit everything. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the girls inherited homes. </li></ul>Not everybody could afford expensive toys. Clay was formed into dolls, toy animals and other play things because it was available from nature. (This is a clay cat)
  8. 8. Marriage <ul><li>Common girls married at twelve. </li></ul><ul><li>Boys were usually older. </li></ul><ul><li>Richer girls married when they were older. </li></ul><ul><li>Some marriages were arranged, some could chose who they wanted to marry. </li></ul><ul><li>Average man had one wife. </li></ul><ul><li>Kings had many wives. </li></ul><ul><li>Before marriage ceremony couple signed agreement papers. </li></ul><ul><li>Papers said that wife received an allowance from her husband. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, the wife gets to keep anything that she brought into the marriage(if the marriage ended for any reason.) </li></ul><ul><li>Both could own land separate from each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Wife usually let her husband manage both their lands. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Divorce <ul><li>Divorce was optionial. </li></ul><ul><li>Wasn’t really common </li></ul><ul><li>Wife would go to her family for help if a husband treated her badly. </li></ul><ul><li>Wife's family would try to argue with the husband to treat her better. </li></ul><ul><li>If behavior did not change, they divorced. </li></ul><ul><li>Divorcing was simple </li></ul><ul><li>All they had to do was say that they were divorcing infront of a witness. </li></ul><ul><li>The wife was given custody of the children </li></ul><ul><li>She could also remarry. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Houses ( Commoners ) <ul><li>Lived in town houses usually 2-3 stories high. </li></ul><ul><li>First Floor : held for businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Second and Third Floors : the family living area. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes slept on the roof during the summer to keep cool. </li></ul><ul><li>Sewage had to be thrown out into pits, the river, or the streets. </li></ul><ul><li>Most all people had some furniture. </li></ul><ul><li>Things you find in a commoners house : A stool, small boxes for jewelry and cosmetics, chests for clothing, pottery jars, and oil lamps. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of Egyptians did not have many belongings that had to be hidden so a chest or basket would use plenty of their space. </li></ul><ul><li>Tables were rarely used. </li></ul><ul><li>Each home had a fly catcher. </li></ul>Egyptians bringing in furniture.
  11. 11. Houses ( Rich People ) <ul><li>Made of bricks of sun dried mud called “adobe” </li></ul><ul><li>They only had little wood. </li></ul><ul><li>A nobleman's home was divided into three areas: a reception area, a hall, and the private quarters. </li></ul><ul><li>The windows and doors on the house were covered with mats to keep out the flies, dust, and heat. </li></ul><ul><li>The inside walls were decorated with wall hangings made of leather, and the floors were covered with tile. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes there was a room on the roof with three walls where the family slept on hot summer nights. </li></ul>Building a house.
  12. 12. Credits <ul><li>http://www2.sptimes.com/Egypt/EgyptCredit.4.2.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://nefertiti.iwebland.com/timelines/topics/furniture.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/egypt/dailylife/beautyaids.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/bride.htm </li></ul>

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