Ancient History & Civilisation

Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt

Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt

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, work 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 ancient 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 surprising.

Introduction: The Geographical and Historical Background

Chapter 1. Images of Women

Chapter 2. Married Bliss

Chapter 3. Mistress of the House

Chapter 4. Work and Play

Chapter 5. Good Grooming

Chapter 6. The Royal Harem

Chapter 7. Female Kings

Chapter 8. Religious Life and Death

Notes

Selected Bibliography