So now that you’ve had some time with Nefertiti, you’re probably wondering what life was really like in Ancient Egypt. After all, Nefertiti seems to live in a nice house, she had parents that loved her and her father wouldn’t marry her to someone she didn’t want to. But is this really true to life? We wondered to, so we did some research on what life was like in Ancient Egypt.
Well, like in many societies, Ancient Egyptians believed that men were the head of the household, but they also believed that joy and happiness were important too – and thought that family was very important, so in that way, women in Ancient Egypt were respected and well treated.
In Ancient Egypt women were regarded as totally equal to men under the law – they could own property, borrow money, sign contracts, initiate a divorce and appear in court as a witness. In fact, some of these things weren’t things women were allowed to do in the United States until the 1900s!
And there was one other thing that was important to Egyptians – love and emotional support were important factors in marriage, and children were loved as people, not just as potential workers.
So we can probably assume that Nefertiti’s father Ay, may have considered her feelings when thinking about who she should marry.
In Ancient Egypt – while it was normal for the Pharaoh to have many wives, most of the rest of the men in the country had only one – (also known as monogamy). In general though, most Ancient Egyptians – men and women, gravitated towards getting married, as this was considered the “natural state” for most people.
And of course, once they got married, a couple needed to set up housekeeping – so next up we’ll talk about houses, and how Egyptian women really dressed – I’ll give you a hint… it involved a cone of wax…