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  1. Life on the Nile

  2. “The Egyptians themselves in their manners and customs seem to have reversed the ordinary practices of mankind.”~Herodotus

  3. Women • Possessed rights, responsibilities, privileges • Women took on many jobs

  4. Marriage • Premarital sex socially accepted • Cheating, Big NO-No! • No real marriage ceremony • Monogamous • Divorce socially acceptable

  5. Pregnancy and Childbirth • Fertility was highly prized • Giving birth was risky • Many women, children died

  6. Children • Child’s birth great joy • Reflected in names • “This boy I wanted” • “She belongs to me” • Played games/sport, had dolls • Childhood ended w/ female menses, male circumcision

  7. Dress and Fashion • Linen most common fabric • Accessories = fashion statements • Hairstyles • Women wigs long hair • Men wore hair short & wigs • All used large amounts make-up, perfumes

  8. Entertainment • Men primarily played physical sports; women swam • Festivals & dancing • Drinking beer, wine was common "I have heard that you abandoned writing and that you whirl around in pleasures, that you go from street to street and you reek of beer. " • Board games were very popular