Silent Images: Women in Pharanoic Egypt

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American Univ in Cairo Press, Mar 30, 2009 - History - 207 pages
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This beautifully produced new paperback edition of Silent Images explores a puzzling contradiction: Despite the multitude of artifacts and texts that have come to us from ancient Egypt, much still remains obscure regarding the lives of women. Women were, from the historical perspective, silent--but how should this silence be interpreted? What was the reality of women's lives behind the standardized images? We know that their chief role in society as mothers and anchors of the family was honored and respected, although it meant a degree of segregation and, in most periods, excluded them from public office. Nevertheless, in law they were the equals of men and they could, and did, own property, which they administered and disposed of themselves. Zahi Hawass's book searches for a more realistic picture of women's lives in ancient Egypt. As well as reconsidering the evidence from tomb and temple, the author draws on unpublished material from his excavations at the workers' cemetery at Giza, which sheds light on the womenfolk of the workmen who built and maintained the pyramids. The text is complemented by lavish illustrations of places and objects, many made especially for this book.
 

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When women of ancient Egypt are mentioned, most people think of Cleopatra and Nefertiti, the enduring symbols of femininity and beauty. Hawass, a preeminent Egyptologist and director of the Giza ... Read full review

Contents

RULING QUEENS
26
ROYAL LADIES
38
PALACES AND HARMS
56
LOVE AND MARRIAGE
72
MOTHERHOOD AND CHILDREN
82
THE LADY OF THE HOUSE
98
DRESS AND ADORNMENT
112
WOMEN IN SOCIETY
124
WOMEN IN THE WORKMENS COMMUNITY AT GIZA
148
RELIGIOUS LIFE
158
DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE
172
ART AND BEAUTY
188
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
202
FAMOUS WOMEN OF ANCIENT EGYPT
204
BIBLIOGRAPHY
205
INDEX
206

WORKING WOMEN
138

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Zahi Hawass is the secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. He is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including The Great Book of Ancient Egypt: In the Realm of the Pharaohs and The Royal Tombs of Egypt: The Art of Thebes Revealed.

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