Why didn’t the ancient Egyptians have a marriage ceremony? What was family life like in ancient Egypt? Find out in this video.


☥☥ Ancient Egyptian Family Life – Daily Life in Ancient Egypt ☥☥

It may surprise you to learn that there was no official marriage ceremony in ancient Egypt and that marriage was not tied to religion. Why was this so? And what was ancient Egyptian family life like after marriage? Did couples live on their own or with extended family? What was expected of ancient Egyptian sons and daughters?

In this video, we’ll talk about ancient Egyptian family life and the expectations placed on married couples, parents, and children with examples drawn from art and legal documents from the ancient Egyptian Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and New Kingdom.

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☥ Koenraad Donker van Heel, Mrs. Naunakhte & Family – http://amzn.to/2fJLr1Z

An engaging read about life in the ancient village at Deir el-Medina, centered around the family of the woman named Naunakht

☥ A. G. Mc Dowell, Village Life in Ancient Egypt: Laundry Lists and Love Songs – http://amzn.to/2yXEqmD

A wonderful collection of ancient Egyptian documents (translated into English) from the ancient village of Deir el-Medina.

☥ Kasia Szpakowska, Daily Life in Ancient Egypt – http://amzn.to/2xgMPo0

An engaging read based on original source documents from ancient Egypt. It is about what life would have been like at the ancient town of Lahun during the late Middle Kingdom period, centered around the life of a fictitious, “middle-class,” young girl named Hedjerit.

☥ Carolyn Graves-Brown, Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt – http://amzn.to/2yYpiFh

An up-to-date and comprehensive – but understandable – examination of the lives of women in ancient Egypt.


☥The Instruction of Ani:

Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Vol. II: The New Kingdom. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1976, p. 136. http://amzn.to/2xV1ZMR

☥Census records for Hori’s household:

From UC 32163. See Mark Collier and Stephen Quirke, The UCL Lahun Papyri: Religious, Literary, Legal, Mathematical and Medical, BAR International Series 1209. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2004, pp. 112–115. http://amzn.to/2xTLbFK

☥Legal document (imyt pr) of Naunakht:

From Ashmolean 1945.95 and 1945.97. See J Černý, “The Will of Naunakhte and the Related Documents,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 31 (1945), pp. 29–53.

For an up-to-date discussion of Naunakht’s life and times, see Koenraad Donker van Heel, Mrs. Naunakhte & Family. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2016. http://amzn.to/2fJLr1Z


Desert City by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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Egyptian-style chair: Brina Christine http://brinachristine.blogspot.com/2010/10/egyptisk-velse.html

Group Statue of Ka-nefer and His Family (Kimbell Art Museum): Wikimedia Commons (photographer unnamed) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Egypt_Group_Statue_of_Ka-Nefer_and_family_1_Kimbell.jpg


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