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Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt (Penguin History) Paperback – September 1, 1995
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The great scope of this work manages to be laid out in an easy to read and understand format that is entertaining as well as informative. Interspersed throughout the text is quotes from various ancient translated sources that give an insight to daily life and beliefs. The book also is wonderful because it looks at both the wealthy Queens and the lowly servants, the slaves, the merchant's wives.
What did they wear? Why did they wear wigs and shave their natural hair? What jobs did women hold? How were marriages arranged? Did harems of women really exist? Which women ruled Egypt alone? What rights did women have in Ancient Egypt? What was day to day life like? Why was Ancient Egypt the very best society for women at the time? What did they eat?
It is all explained with supporting information, footnotes, and an extensive bibliography to advance your search for information after you've read this book. Highly recommended addition to your library!
The book includes a plethora of photographs and illustrations which act as effective visual aides to the text. The well-organized timeline in the back of the book was also very helpful, and I found myself referring to it often just to keep track of the time periods and which pharaoh came when. This was a very enjoyable book which I had a hard time putting down. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in ancient women's history.
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Historical texts rarely address how one half any population lived and died; unless they did something scandalous or unprecedented, women were faceless ciphers. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Kathryn R
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The book was an easy reader and gave helpful information that answered all of my questions. It was well researched and gave very specific details which came from credited sources. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Amellia Lowe
_Daughters of Isis_ is remarkable in its historical detail, scope and scholarship. Beginning with a discussion of the portrayal of women in art and literature (art showing an... Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by doc peterson