- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Viking (14 Mar. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670848387
- ISBN-13: 978-0670848386
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.3 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt Hardcover – 14 Mar 1994
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From the Back Cover
During the dynastic period (3000 BC - 332 BC), as the Greek historian Herodotus was intrigued to observe, Egyptian women enjoyed a legal, social and sexual independence unrivalled by their Greek or Roman sisters, unrivalled, indeed, by women in Europe until the late nineteenth century. They could own and trade in property, work outside the home, marry foreigners and even live alone without the protection of a male guardian. Furthermore, women fortunate enough to be members of the royal harem were vastly influential, as were those rare women who rose to rule Egypt as 'female kings'. Joyce Tyldesley draws upon archaeological, historical and ethnographical evidence to piece together a vivid picture of daily life in Egypt - marriage and the home, work and play, grooming, religion - all viewed from a female perspective. She has an engaging eye for incidental detail and draws fascinating parallels and contrasts between the ancient and our modern world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Joyce Tyldesley, holder of a doctorate from Oxford University, is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics, and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University, England. She is the author of Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh and Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Eygpt. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Joyce Tyldesley has written an excellent overview of the subject. Her book is directed at a general audience and hence relatively easy to read, but could be used by serious students as well. It's packed with information about the daily life of women in ancient Egypt, but also contain more general information about ancient Egyptian society. No detail is too insignificant: we learn about Egyptian eating habits, women's clothes and jewellery, wigs and the art of brewing Nubian beer. Unfortunately, the author can neither confirm nor deny the curious claim by Herodotus that female Egyptians urinated in standing position, while male Egyptians did it sitting down! Of course, the book also deals with more important (?) matters, such as the careers of the few women who managed to become pharaohs.
What strikes the modern reader most is the sexually liberated atmosphere of Pharaonic Egypt, sometimes bordering the decadent. Premarital sexual relations were not prohibited for either sex, Egyptian women could marry foreigners, both incest and polygamy were practiced, foreign slaves were sometimes married to daughters of their masters, and public nudity or half-nudity (even for women) were acceptable in certain contexts. Naturally, prostitution was rampant. Even the gods of the Egyptian religion were seen as sexual creatures. Homosexuality seems to have been one of the few sexual practices that were frowned upon.
Interestingly, however, adultery was severely punished. This strikes the modern observer as somewhat inconsistent, especially given that divorce was relatively easy to obtain and premarital sex wasn't prohibited.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a pretty interesting book about the everyday lives of the women of Pharonic Egypt. Divided into sections, which cover day to day life, this book will most appeal to casual... Read morePublished 21 months ago by JMTaylor
I have not finished this book, but it is a great read and the author has a great way of writing and makes it interesting, bringing the whole book to life.Published on 2 Jan. 2013 by Dancing Queen
Tyldesley's book is the perfect mid-range level for the amateur academic. Referring to material and theories that are more in-depth than the casual reader might expect, yet... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2010 by Iset
One of the many books I've read by Joyce A. Tyldesley over the last 15 months.
I class myself to be very lucky as I've been to the "Land of the Pharaohs" back in the... Read more
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