The Life of an Egyptian

In Egypt you would most likely live in a mud-brick house.  The size of the house would show your wealth.  There was no sewage system back then, so the house would usually stink, a lot 😖.  They had have porches on their  roofs, so they would spend most of the evening up there trying to get cool.  Men could marry at age 20 and women could get married at age 14!  The wives’ duties were to take care of the house and children. They could also make business transactions, and own land.  For the women who were not married, they had jobs as courtiers, singers, priestesses, dancers, etc.   Men could chose from many jobs, such as:

  • Farmers
  • Carpenters
  • Metalworkers
  • Jewelers
  • Potters
  • Glassworkers
  • Bakers
  • Brick makers
  • Weavers
  • Scribes
  • Soldiers
  • Doctors
  • Lawyers or Government official

Children were valued in Egypt because they suffered from a high infant mortality  rate (which means a lot would die before they reached age one).

Anyone could go to school. Boys would learn to read and write at age five!

Families enjoyed their free time together, just like my family does. They had parties and celebrations for special occasions or just for fun.  What the women would do for fun was painting, singing, and dancing.  For the men, they would hunt, wrestle, and play athletic games.  One of the oldest board games everyone played was Senet. Smaller children would play with balls or animal dolls.

Families loved their pets. The most common was the cat.

And that is a little bit about what Egyptians life was like.

Hope you liked this entry😀




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